FrancisCorps | Syracuse, NY

Refugee Orientation Coordinator at Northside CYO

Where will I serve? The Northside CYO building located three blocks down the road from the Franciscan Church of the Assumption on the Northside of Syracuse.

Who will I serve? Newly arrived refugees.

What will I do? You will welcome our new neighbors to the United States, providing a friendly and compassionate person to help orient these newly arrived refugees. You will give refugees the help they need to begin to build a new life here in the United States by connecting them to educational, housing, job, language and health care assistance.

What will my day look like?

  • Build relationships with and welcome refugees and their families.
  • Receive training in services available to refugees and important information for them to know including but not limited to:
    • How to access health care / Health Insurance and Medicaid / When to call 911, when to treat an illness or injury at home
    • Fire safety / Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
    • Housing / When to call the Landlord / Housekeeping basics / Trash and Recycling
    • Acclimating to a new climate / Heating costs / Weatherization
    • Driving in the U.S. / Learner’s permit / License / Insurance / Registration / Inspection
    • U.S. school system
    • Public transportation
    • Local resources / Libraries / Parks / Free things to do
    • Community safety and U.S. laws
    • Immigration Assistance / How to petition for relatives / Green cards / Citizenship
    • Employment in the U.S.
    • DSS / Public benefits / Limiting reliance and building economic self-sufficiency
  • Assist in the development of an orientation program to deliver this information to newly arrived refugees.
  • Deliver this orientation session on a regular basis, likely weekly or 3 half-day sessions every other week.
  • Organize field trips and walking tours to reinforce the delivery of this information.
  • Assist in resume preparation, interview skills, job searches, employment support and job development.
  • Assist in English language/ESL education.
  • Assist refugees in obtaining vital documentation including driver’s licenses and employment paperwork.
  • Assist in the organization and administration of the Match Grant Program.

What gifts and talents will I bring and grow in? Ability to work with a diverse population. A welcoming, friendly and compassionate demeanor. An interest in hearing the stories of others. Patience and understanding. An interest in the immigration and refugee system.

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