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PARS EQUALITY CENTER

 PO BOX 2311, 2091 Business Center Drive, Ste 230 Irvine Ca 92612
 MENLO PARK, CA 94026
[P] (949) 392-8111
[F] (949) 5266170
www.parsequalitycenter.org
[email protected]
Leila Esfadiari
FOUNDED: 2010
INCORPORATED: 2011
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Organization DBA The organization does business as Pars Equality Center
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 27-2969900 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

Pars' mission is to act as a catalyst for social, cultural and economic integration of  Iranian-Americans, and other Persian speaking communities, into mainstream American society.

As a community-based social and legal services organization, Pars Equality Center is a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping all members of the Iranian-American community and other Persian-speaking countries realize their full potential as informed, self-reliant, and responsible members of American society. We believe that learning and teaching the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy as well as the rules and rewards of entrepreneurship are the necessary ingredients for our success as a community.

Pars Equality Center achieves its mission primarily by providing extensive social and legal services. Our Persian-speaking staff advocates for families and individuals in need with a strong focus on refugees, asylees, and those newcomers living in poverty. 

Mission Statement

Pars' mission is to act as a catalyst for social, cultural and economic integration of  Iranian-Americans, and other Persian speaking communities, into mainstream American society.

As a community-based social and legal services organization, Pars Equality Center is a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping all members of the Iranian-American community and other Persian-speaking countries realize their full potential as informed, self-reliant, and responsible members of American society. We believe that learning and teaching the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy as well as the rules and rewards of entrepreneurship are the necessary ingredients for our success as a community.

Pars Equality Center achieves its mission primarily by providing extensive social and legal services. Our Persian-speaking staff advocates for families and individuals in need with a strong focus on refugees, asylees, and those newcomers living in poverty. 


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Expenses $2,400,000.00
Projected Revenue $2,450,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • ESL (English as a Second Language)
  • Employment Placement and Job Training
  • Legal Services and Citizenship

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

Pars' mission is to act as a catalyst for social, cultural and economic integration of  Iranian-Americans, and other Persian speaking communities, into mainstream American society.

As a community-based social and legal services organization, Pars Equality Center is a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping all members of the Iranian-American community and other Persian-speaking countries realize their full potential as informed, self-reliant, and responsible members of American society. We believe that learning and teaching the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy as well as the rules and rewards of entrepreneurship are the necessary ingredients for our success as a community.

Pars Equality Center achieves its mission primarily by providing extensive social and legal services. Our Persian-speaking staff advocates for families and individuals in need with a strong focus on refugees, asylees, and those newcomers living in poverty. 


Background Statement

Founded in 2010, Pars Equality Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, community-based organization with its home office located in Santa Clara County, CA providing social and legal immigration services dedicated to helping all members of our Iranian-American and Middle Eastern communities achieve their full potential as informed, self-reliant, and responsible members of American society. Year to date, our entire agency has served 4099 duplicated clients, the majority of whom are refugees, asylees and recently-arrived immigrants. Responding to ongoing requests from immigrant and refugee communities for supportive services in the Los Angeles area, Pars Equality Center established satellite offices in Sherman Oaks (August 2013) and in Orange County - Irvine (April 2016) providing the same much-needed combination of social and immigration legal services.

Pars Equality Center has a strong history of working with immigrant communities, particularly underrepresented refugees, immigrants and asylees from Iran, Afghanistan and Assyria who are also Persian speakers. Pars’ office in Irvine -Orange County has an experienced bi-lingual, bi-cultural staff (Persian and English) to provide a wide range of social and legal services promoting self-sufficiency; to date, we have served over 369 participants. Our programming includes citizenship preparation classes; informational Know your Rights workshops, and other legal panels, American Culture classes; job training and placement; tax preparation; English as a Second Language (ESL) classes; basic computer instruction; and mentorship. Pars Equality Center also provides a full range of informative workshops, field trips and social events to promote a sense of connectedness for all refugee and immigrant newcomers, encouraging them to actively participate in their neighborhoods and local communities. Pars also engages active volunteers from within our more established Orange County immigrant communities to help with tutoring, job searches etc., assisting new arrivals to achieve their self-sufficiency and resettlement outcomes. Pars has already established strong networking relationships within local immigrant communities (e.g. OMID Multicultural Institute for Development and Evecina Cultural and Educational Foundation), and our Program Manager, Leila Esfandiari, is also an active member of Orange County’s Refugee and Immigrant Forum.


Impact Statement

Pars Equality Center proudly lists 3 significant accomplishments from the past year:

1.       Our agency recently received accreditation from the Department of Justice (DOJ) allowing us to provide much needed immigration and citizenship services throughout Orange County.

2.       Our Case Managers assisted over 435 refugees and immigrants during the past year, and over 43 of them secured full time employment, enabling newcomers to support their families and to resettle successfully in Orange County.

3.       70% of our English language learners who completed ESL classes have successfully improved their English skills beyond the beginner level.   

Our top 4 goals for the current year are:

1.       Continue developing Pars’ new immigration and citizenship programs on a solid footing to provide much-needed legal services in Orange County. 

2.       Increase our ongoing grant applications by at least 50% to generate more agency funding to provide mentorship and other key services to increase self-sufficiency outcomes for refugees and immigrants in Orange County.   

3.       Double our volunteer base to increase our one-to-one services for refugees and immigrants.

4.       Develop a solid network of local employers who are willing to hire local refugees and immigrants.


 


Needs Statement

Orange County is home to more than 32,000 former refugees
and immigrants from Iran and Afghanistan, and because our agency’s reputation is rapidly increasing, more and more individuals are turning to Pars for immediate help and support. Our offices are quite literally bursting at the seams, and we urgently need more office space to accommodate additional programming and to hire more staff such as ESL Instructors and a Job Developer assisting our newcomers to acquire important new skills to increase their self-sufficiency outcomes and helping them to resettle successfully in Orange County.   
 Aside from acquiring more office space, Pars must: 

1. Increase our new immigration legal and citizenship services

2. Hire a Job Developer to generate much needed employment opportunities
3. Increase the agency’s educational workshops helping refugees and immigrants to learn important information about life in
America; provide stipends for professional speakers
4. Double our volunteer base to provide individualized 1-1 services such as mentoring and tutoring service 
5. Hire two additional ESL Instructors to meet the pressing need for more language instruction.












 

 

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

http://www.parsequalitycenter.org/donate-1/

 

mail contribution to:

Pars Equality Center
P.O. Box 1383
Menlo Park, CA 94026

 
Tutoring and ESL:
Volunteers are always needed to tutor individuals, kids, or small groups of clients in English conversational skills. We ask groups and individuals to partner with Pars Equality Center in helping us to address this crucial skill: facilitating the ability to maintain a basic exchange in English.
  • Instruct in-office ESL classes
  • Assist in ESL classes
  • Take part in conversation groups for ESL students
  • Volunteer instructor must be available 4 hours a week during each 12 week session. 

 Computer Training Volunteer:

  • Instruct in-office Basic Computer and Microsoft Office 
  • Assist in computer classes
  • Volunteer instructor must be available 4 hours a week during each 12 week session. 

Help with Workshops/Seminars:

If you are knowledgeable in any of these fields: Education, Finance, Medicine/Health Care, Environment, Beauty, IT, Machining and Manufacturing, Construction, or other industries, please contact us. We seek volunteers willing to provide tips and information to help our clients learn about working in the United States

Employment Volunteer: 

Our clients need guidance in finding opportunities and advice on job trends, entry-level opportunities or internships, professional associations and referrals to contacts regarding jobs or informational interviews.  The employment volunteer will assist the Employment team with:

  • Completing Job Applications
  • Conducting Interview prep and practice
  • Accompanying clients to job interviews
  • Working with refugee clients to navigate the job search process

Reception & Clerical Volunteer:

Generally involves day-to-day office tasks, such as answering phones and entering data into spreadsheets. Support caseworkers in preparing and documenting case notes on each client. Duties also include data entry; follow up calls, home visits and providing transportation to clients as they attend essential services.


Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
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Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Ethnic/Immigrant Services
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  3. -

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Programs


ESL (English as a Second Language)

Pars provides 7 ESL classes plus 1-1 tutoring opportunities for over 150 beginning and intermediate language learners each month. Classes are held at the center and focus on helping adult learners to improve their survival and vocational English skills to ease the difficult process of adjusting to life in America. Class instruction promotes students' reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills and includes topics such as:
1. Understanding American culture
2. Vocabulary and everyday life skills
3. Basic and intermediate English-pronunciation and grammar
4. Beginning and intermediate conversation skills
 
 
 
Budget  $42,160.00
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program Short-Term Success  70% of ESL students demonstrates significant improvement in their overall English language skills. They exhibit more confidence in dealing with essential everyday tasks such as grocery shopping, conversing with their neighbors, using public transportation, talking with their children's teachers. applying for employment, making appointments over the telephone, and understanding the American banking system.
Program Long-Term Success  70% of our ESL students obtain confident language skills, enabling them to obtain employment, to support their families, and to successfully adjust to life in America, eventually becoming U.S. citizens.
Program Success Monitored By  Par's ESL instructors regularly test student's language abilities to measure increase in their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. We use regular testing methods including teacher in-class observations of conversation skills, graded writing assignments, vocabulary recognition test, simple dictation, ongoing student feedback on their own personal progress with everyday tasks, and other program related exercises.
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Employment Placement and Job Training

The most challenging task for immigrant and refugee families includes finding their first job in America. Pars' employment team offers guidance and support to help clients find jobs and to understand the American world of labor. Services include how to: 1)Conduct a job search, especially on the internet; 2)Complete and submit a job application; 3)Prepare a resume; and 4) Prepare for a successful interview. Pars networks with local employers to develop active employment leads for clients and holds at least two Job Fairs during the year. Pars also provides job coaching and follow up services once clients are placed in a job.

Budget  $63,200.00
Category  Employment, General/Other Job Search & Placement
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program Short-Term Success  Pars Equality Center anticipates the following short-term successes for our job seekers: 1) 85% will retain their jobs for 30 days. 2) 70% will retain their jobs for at lease 60 days; and 3) 65% will retain their jobs for 90 days.
Program Long-Term Success  80% of job seekers obtain and maintain full time employment capable of supporting their families. 60% of them also develop long-term career plans to expand their job opportunities far beyond their initial entry-level position .
Program Success Monitored By  Pars employment team keeps in close contact with clients and employers on a monthly basis and also makes regular visit to employment sites. Each employers is requested to submit job retention data to Pars which is included in our program files and monthly management reports. The employment team also complete site visit reports to capture employment data and to make any necessary employer follow-ups or trouble-shooting visits to help promote client job retention outcomes.
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Legal Services and Citizenship

Pars now provides immigration legal services and citizenship programming for underserved immigrants in Orange County. Our new services include: immigration relief screening; legal workshops and seminars; 1-1 consultations and paralegal support to complete immigration documentation e.g. Adjustment of Status, Employment Authorization, Family Petitions, and Travel Documents/ Re-entry Permits; citizenship preparation services, Know your Right educational events; plus local collaborative efforts to raise awareness and advocate on behalf of immigrant concerns at the local and national level. 
Budget  $163,693.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Immigrants' Rights
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program Short-Term Success  At lest 75% of clients who participate in Pars's immigration relief screening and application support services will report an improvement in their immigration status and overall awareness of their legal rights.
Program Long-Term Success  75% of clients who participate in Pars' citizenship preparation services will successfully become U.A. citizens and will make positive contributions to their own communities and neighborhoods.
Program Success Monitored By  pars will measure program results progress by collecting participant data, obtaining case updates and dispositions from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and conducting follow-up activities with all collaborating agencies.
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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Bita Daryabari
CEO Term Start Jan 2010
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Sargis Babakhanian Chief Financial Officer Mr. Sargis Babakhanian has over 30 years of financial executive experience, 18 years of which have been in the non-profit world. Sargis has created complex and strategic plans and budgets with limited funding to support various private and public projects; he is a staunch advocate for  refugees and immigrants 
Ms. Ellie Clelland Senior Director of Social Services Ellie has over 20 years' experience working in the non-profit field, and has directed and nurtured Pars Social Services programming for  the past four  years.  She  has facilitated a comprehensive array of  services for hundreds of  refugees and under-served immigrants every year,  helping them access case management, job development and placement services, ESL and computer instruction, financial education and savings opportunities, plus mentoring services focused on professional development and solid self-sufficiency outcomes.  Ellie is currently the Chair of  Santa Clara County's Refugee and Immigrant Forum where she continues to advocate strongly on behalf of  all under-served refugee and immigrant newcomers throughout California.       
Ms. Sarvenaz "Nazy" Fahimi Esq. Senior Director of the Legal Department Nazy Fahimi has directed legal programming at Pars Equality Center for  over  five years,  facilitating comprehensive immigration and citizenship services for hundreds of under served refugees and immigrants every year.  In 2001, Nazy earned her Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School, cum laude, graduating in the top 10% of her class.  Nazy is licensed to practice law in California, Minnesota and Wisconsin.    
Mr. Reza Odabaee Chief Operating Officer Reza Odabaee has over 25 years' experience working directly with refugees and immigrants in the non-profit field, developing and directing programs focused on helping newcomers to successfully resettle in the United States and to become American citizens.  In May 2001, Reza was personally honored by the Dalai Lama as an "Unsung Hero of Compassion" at a special ceremony in San Jose, CA. 

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Pars Equality Center actively collaborates with World Relief, the Iranian American Bar Association - Orange County Chapter, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Orange County Refugee and Immigrant Forum, Multicultural Institute for Development - OMID, and Evecina Educational Foundation.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 19
Number of Part Time Staff 6
Number of Volunteers 52
Number of Contract Staff 5
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: --
Male: --
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy --
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Ms. Bita Daryabari
Board Chair Company Affiliation Pars Equality Cnter
Board Chair Term -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Sargis Babakhanian International Rescue Committee Voting
Ms. Bita Daryabari Pars Equality Center Voting
Mr. Francis Najafi Pivotal Group --
Ms. Matin Nasiriha Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Reza Odabaee Pars Equality Center Voting
Dr. Sassan Rafizadeh Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Lily Sarafan Home Care Assistance Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Shahrzad Ardalan Radio Talk Show Host NonVoting
Ms. Mahnaz Baladi Community Volunteer NonVoting
Ms. Elnaz Eilkhani Executive Director- Iranican, Inc. NonVoting
Dr. Gerald Gray Community Volunteer NonVoting
Ms. Nahal Irvani-Sani Esq. Deputy District Attorney Santa Clara County, CA NonVoting
Ms. Laleh Kazemi Community volunteer NonVoting
Ms. Mitra Mahdavi Community Volunteer NonVoting
Professor Abbas Milani Stanford University Faculty Member NonVoting
Mr. Farzad Naimi CEO, NAIMIgroup NonVoting
Ms. Sepideh Nasiri Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. Nima Rahimi Esg. Community Volunteer NonVoting
Ms. Shadi Rezvan Twitter NonVoting
Ms. Mercedes Salem Esq. Synopsys Inc. NonVoting
Ms. Luna Shad Community Volunteer --
Mr. Navid Shahdi Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. Abdi Soltani Exec. Dir. ACLU of Northern California NonVoting
Dr. Foojan Zeine Founder - Personal Growth Institute NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 7 - Iranian-American
Gender Female: 3
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $2,450,000.00
Projected Expenses $2,400,000.00
Form 990s

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

Audit Documents

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $2,088,336 $1,687,806 $816,250
Total Expenses $2,059,166 $1,530,537 $1,005,350

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$2,180,517 $1,472,196 $667,246
Government Contributions $0 $187,499 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $187,499 $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue -- $0 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $9 $11 $11
Membership Dues -- $0 $0
Special Events -- $12,419 $148,993
Revenue In-Kind -- $0 $0
Other $-92,190 $106,762 $92,507

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $852,641 $1,044,046 $439,739
Administration Expense $1,206,525 $452,542 $548,071
Fundraising Expense -- $33,949 $17,540
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.01 1.10 0.81
Program Expense/Total Expenses 41% 68% 44%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 2% 2%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $326,610 $297,517 $3,572
Current Assets -- $244,591 $3,572
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $3,922
Current Liabilities $29,962 $30,039 $250,783
Total Net Assets $296,648 $267,478 $-251,133

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.00 8.14 0.01

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 110%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates Feb 2017 - Sept 2017
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $400,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

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