Employment Skills Workshop: a great opportunity to meet refugees and help them gain skills for employment! As you know, jobs are hard to find these days, especially for people with little English or previous work experience. We're putting together our first ever Employment Skills Workshop to assist refugees as they look for work. This is a great chance for you to help refugees and also to raise awareness and excitement in your church and your community. Here are the details:

What: A series of practical workshops, running in rotation through the afternoon, led by community members who love refugees!

Why: To elevate refugee employability by giving them practical, hands-on training and/or experience with some categories of entry level work.

When: Saturday, January 21 From 12-5PM. (The Workshops can run from 1-3.30PM.) Setup from 12-1 and tear down from 3.30-5.00PM? Where: The World Relief Durham office (John O'Daniel Exchange - 801 Gilbert St. Durham, 27701)

Who can be involved: ANYBODY!

What does this look like: If you have any experience in any of the categories below (even in your own home), you are fully qualified to help a refugee learn what you know. Once you sign up, we’ll connect you with the team teaching the topic you choose and you can work together to plan to teach the basics of your topic in the workshop (each workshop lasting from 30 minutes to no more than 1 hour). Topics to be taught in workshops:

  • Janitorial (home/business cleaning)
  • Hospitality/Restaurant
  • Dishes/Laundry
  • Car Wash
  • Handyman/Maintenance
  • Construction
  • Sewing

Other Needs:

  • Refreshments for the afternoon
  • Photographer/Videographer to document the event

This is a wonderful chance to continue empowering refugees and also to introduce others in the community to the refugees living in Durham. We’re encouraging volunteers to bring at least one friend who you think would benefit from seeing this vibrant ministry in action. Given the urgency of this need—jobs!—we are working diligently and quickly to pull this workshop together. Emily Paules is our staff person coordinating all of the details for this event. Pleases contact her at epaules@wr.org to let her know of your interest and what specific workshop you would like to lead or be involved in. Of course the information covered in the workshop needs to be very basic, so anyone should be qualified to do any of these (with a couple of exceptions). We've got a streamlined process put together for this to make it as simple as possible for you to be involved. So take the first step and let Emily know of your availability, and she will get you plugged in. We look forward to great things with this upcoming weekend. Thanks for your involvement!