Every year, EBSC and OLAS (LGBT Sanctuary Project) provide free legal and psychological support to over 550 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) people fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries. Our services help LGBTI people attain legal status, facilitate healing, and integrate into U.S. society.
About 75% of our LGBTI constituents come from Latin America; many do not speak English; some have limited Spanish; and some are illiterate. Almost all are low-wage workers who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 through economic hardship and isolation; most are not eligible for federal aid.
This campaign will help pay for rent, utilities, medicine and other critical needs. Perhaps more importantly, it will strengthen community and hope for our members during a period marked by uncertainty and isolation.
During COVID-19, we have a trilingual hotline and phone appointments to help people with legal cases, unemployment, rent relief, food, and mental health support. We adapted COVID-19 Resources in English and Spanish on our website and are updating them regularly. OLAS is hosting regular support meetings online, offering classes to assist participants with applying for unemployment benefits, facilitating peer support through social media, and offering small cash grants to help pay for basic needs.
You can help by making a donation, following us and sharing social media posts (include channels), or volunteering (firstname.lastname@example.org). Learn more at our websites: www.eastbaysanctuary.org and http://www.olas-sanctuary.org/
Thank you for helping LGBTI asylum seekers!
East Bay Sanctuary Covenant - OLAS
Employer id number (ein)
Address2362 BANCROFT WAY