Refugee Employment Specialist at Catholic Charities Refugee Services

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

Who will I serve? Newly arrived refugees.

What will I do? Assist refugees by providing ongoing support to address barriers to employment upon their arrival to the United States.

What will my day look like?

  • Build relationships with and welcome refugees and their families.
  • Maintain weekly contact with refugees by understanding their situation through mental and social factors to determine their capabilities.
  • Conduct needs assessments and identify resources to enhance refugee client’s interpersonal insight and professional development.
  • Monitor clients’ progress.
  • Address barriers to employment as necessary.
  • Assist in resume preparation, interview skills, job searches, employment support, and job development.
  • Assist refugees in obtaining vital documentation including employment paper work and driver’s licenses, which includes trips to the DMV.
  • Refer clients to community resources and other organizations.
  • Network with community service providers.
  • Complete necessary reporting forms for government agencies and funding sources.
  • Maintain appropriate communication with job developers and other funding sources.

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.

Follow Miriam (FC23) and Cristo (FC25) around in a day in the life as a Refugee Employment Specialist!

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