We provide training and support for over 500 immigrants yearly through Know Your Rights workshops, community forums on current policy issues, leadership training and social services referrals.

We also facilitate home-based ESL instruction, educational scholarships, and citizenship classes for 150 people yearly.

Contact: Program Coordinator Manuel de Paz
manuel@eastbaysanctuary.org or 510-540-5296 ext. 105

English as a second language and continuing education

EBSC’s ESL program reaches around 50 people per year through classroom and home-based instruction facilitated by trained volunteers. We also refer people to continuing education at community colleges and other schools. 

Leadership Training

EBSC offers workshops for immigrants and service providers on topics including Know Your Rights, Workers’ Rights, Public Charge Benefits, Tenant’s Rights, Accessing Social Services, Financial Literacy, Public Speaking, Diabetes Prevention & Nutrition, and other issues. We often partner with other community-based organizations, including Berkeley Free Clinic, La Clinica de La Raza, and Partnerships for Trauma Recovery.

Community Workshops

We hold 2-4 community forums annually focused on DACA, Know Your Rights, Medi-Cal, TPS, Public Charge, and other urgent immigration issues.

Citizenship Preparation

EBSC prepares immigrants who are ready to become naturalized for their citizenship exam by hosting free, drop-in classes every Sunday from 4-6 pm. 


We provide referrals and assistance to access support for ESL, community college enrollment, health, housing, refugee benefits, legal referrals (for non-immigration related issues), and job training.