Central American Refugee Committee (Oakland, CA)


  • Name:Mr. Dylan Bush
  • Title:Coordinator of Community Health and Engagement

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Central American Refugee Committee
  • Address:4848 International Blvd
    Oakland, CA 94601
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(949) 436-0844

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  • Mission:
  • The Central American Refugee Committee of the East Bay (CRECE) is a grassroots organization, whose mission is to organize and educate the Latino immigrant community to improve its social, economic and cultural conditions. By focusing on our youth, emphasizing healthy living, academic excellence, and professional development, we hope to create young leaders who will become leaders for change in their communities. While we work primarily with the Latino population, we welcome all into our programs and into our spaces as we seek to create a united community that can come together to make a positive impact on our youth.

  • Overview:
  • The Central American Refugee Committee works to take youth off of the streets and bring them onto the soccer field where they learn valuable leadership skills, appreciate the value of inter-cultural unity, and begin to believe in themselves and their futures. Leveraging soccer as the starting point given its popularity in the community, CRECE builds off of soccer practices to create weekend community events and to organize field trips such as taking the youth to businesses and universities in order to improve downstream matriculation into higher education. CRECE youth have gone on to such prestigious universities as Williams College and have pursued graduate degrees. Within the soccer program, CRECE operates with the understanding that the youth are their own greatest resource and that by providing hope in difficult neighborhoods, opportunity in areas with poor high school graduation rates, and access to healthcare and educational resources in areas that are plagued by preventable diseases and urban violence, CRECE can facilitate rather than create success. The facilitation of success has meant looking within the community in order to find innovative solutions to long-standing problems and working closely with parents to ensure that youth can go home to a supportive and school-focused environment. One unique aspect of our programs is that parents are required to stay and participate in all practices and events. This means that we are able to not only inspire youth, but we are able to inspire parents to support the youth as well, making sure that our impact goes beyond the soccer field and into the home. By making parents our partners for change, we can ensure that our efforts are both powerful and sustainable. While soccer serves as a focal point for our organization, we have also managed to create a series of strong auxiliary programs to support the surrounding community. Aside from our soccer program, CRECE has also offered health workshops, parent support groups, and tutoring services to the community.

  • History:
  • The Central American Refugee Committee was founded as a 501(c)(3) in 1990 by Esteban Merino de Paz, a survivor of the Salvadoran Civil War who saw firsthand how violence could tear apart communities and families, having lost his own siblings in the war. In coming to the United States and settling in Oakland like many fellow refugees, Esteban was again shocked to see violence that plagued the streets and took the lives of countless young people. Witnessing this waste of young life, Esteban was determined to make a change in the community and sought to tackle the violence from a rather unconventional approach. Feeling that this street violence had developed primarily through poverty, lack of opportunity, and cultural misunderstanding, Esteban created a soccer program in order to take youth off the streets, introduce them to leadership roles, teach them team building skills, and stress the importance of academic achievement.

  • Year established:1990
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:94-3156131

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:943156131
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:4848 INTERNATIONAL BLVD
  • Organization City:OAKLAND
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:94601-5212
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:July, 1996
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general publicĀ 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):320
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:Z99Z
  • Asset Amount:$14,011
  • Asset Code:2 ($10,000 - $24,999)
  • Income Amount:$41,824
  • Income Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$41,824
  • Last Updated:3/21/2018 7:24:37 pm

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