Our clients are from all ethnic and cultural diasporas. They speak more than 10 different languages and come from all across the world.
However, most of our clients come from Mexico and Central America. More than half come from Guatemala and about a third from El Salvador. The rest come from Honduras, Mexico, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Iran, Ghana, Nepal, and a mix of other countries.
The majority of our clients are monolingual Spanish speakers. However, a large percentage speak no English or Spanish, but speak an indigenous language common in Oakland called Mam. Mam is a Maya language from Guatemala. Speaking only Mam makes it very difficult for our clients to find services because they are required to find their own for-pay interpreters.
SJC is able to serve our Spanish and Mam speaking clients because of the linguistic ability of our staff. Here is a breakdown of the languages spoken by our clients.
- Mam (Maya language)
- Other (K’iche, Kaqchikel, Arabic, English, Edo, Dari, etc.)
The majority of our clients reside in Alameda County. However, we have increasing numbers of clients from Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties. Other clients reside in San Francisco, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Solano Counties.