Refugees resettled in the U.S. contribute positively to the diversity and enrichment of our country. However, it is crucial that refugees become economically self-sufficient as quickly as possible. Achieving economic self-sufficiency depends on the employment prospects of adult refugees, which hinges on a mixture of factors including transferable skills, family size and composition, job opportunities, and the resources available in the communities in which refugees resettle.
The most important factor influencing the economic self-sufficiency of refugees is the ability to speak English. Unfortunately, newly arrived refugees often do not speak English, and have varying educational and employment histories. Further, increasing proportions do not have close family members already living in the U.S. to help with their adjustment, integration and acculturation. These factors create significant challenges for the resettlement agencies in meeting the needs of refugees.
In order to help refugees learn English in a more efficient way, we have a strong referral program that links refugees with ESL classes and Employment Programs that cater to their various levels of educational background. These are provided by different partners that offer teaching at their location specifically for the refugee population.
An after school tutoring program has recently been developed at the Cleveland Office in partnership with John Carroll University. We offer tutoring in all subjects to all grades to assist students with any extra help they may need in regards to explaining home work assignments in more detail.
At the Columbus Office, we offer several several ESL classes throughout the week at two different locations. The schedule will be updated regularly. The current schedule is as follows:
Monday to Thursday (Low Literacy): 8:30 am – 9:00 am at 1779 Shanley Dr., Apt. 14
Tuesday (Low Literacy): 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at 1779 Shanley Dr., Apt 14
Thursday (Low Literacy): 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at 1779 Shanely Dr., Apt 14
Monday and Wednesday (High Literacy) : 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at 2021 E. Dublin-Granville Rd. Suite 161
If you are interested in volunteering at or participating in any of these classes, please contact John Sidor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the Cleveland Office, we offer several several ESL classes throughout the week at two different locations. The schedule will be updated regularly. The current schedule is as follows:
Monday to Friday (Low Literacy and High Literacy): 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at 2490 Lee Blvd. Suite 200
Monday to Friday (Low literacy and High literacy): 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at 2490 Lee Blvd. Suite 200
If you are interested in volunteering at or participating in any of these classes, please contact Rebecca Linehan at email@example.com