Refugees arrive in the US with various work experience, job skills, and English language abilities. All adults who can work will need to work—but jobs are hard to find. This is where resettlement partners can help.

  • Volunteers may talk to friends, neighbors, church members, or anyone that they know who might be able to hire a refugee (or contact someone who can).
  • Volunteers may drive around or take the bus with the refugee and look for job opportunities (pick up applications, talk to managers).
  • Volunteers may communicate clearly to employers or prospective employers that refugees are legally allowed to work and have all the necessary documentation for employment in the U.S.
  • Volunteers may talk to refugees about work; encourage them to look for work opportunities by themselves, and encourage them to keep in contact with their employment service providers (CWS, USCRI, or Lutheran Family Services).
  • Job leads submitted to WRD (including those submitted by volunteers) will be sent to Church World Service (CWS) or U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI).
  • All refugees go through a job orientation and training class with the employment specialist, where they are reminded of their responsibilities within this process.
  • Within 30 days, refugee clients will be referred to CWS or USCRI for continuing employment services. Volunteers should encourage refugees to keep their employment service provider informed of any progress made. Volunteers are not to contact CWS or USCRI. They should be encouraging the refugee to independently communicate any leads, interviews or other job search updates.