In addition to offering legal support, EBSC can connect you to mental health support, public benefits, medical care, and other services you may need.

Contact Owen Thompson-Lastad, Support Services Manager
Phone: 510-646-8260
| Email:

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We invite you to speak with us one-on-one to talk about resources related to:

  • Public benefits 
  • Housing and rental assistance
  • Unemployment 
  • Medical care 
  • Domestic violence 
  • Legal services for non-immigration matters
  • Other challenges

If we are not able to help you directly, we will refer you to trusted partners who can provide these services. We will follow up to make sure you receive the help you need and advocate on your behalf as necessary. If you are highly traumatized, we partner with agencies such as Partnerships for Trauma Recovery to provide you with in-depth psychological support.


We can connect you with other people who have similar experiences. You can meet in support groups and learn how to care for one another, explore stress reduction tools like art and meditation, and build community as you move forward in adapting to your new country. These groups also offer leadership skills and ways to support other community members.

We currently have two support groups:

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