JFS helps newly arrived refugees succeed in their new home, including teaching them English for work, pre-employment skills, digital literacy and financial literacy skills.
A South Sudanese family arrived on the last day travel was allowed prior to the pandemic. The family consisted of two employable parents, their 17 year old son and their older daughter who had her own toddler. This family faced a long delay in getting their social security cards, and were able to take advantage of the growing educational and pre-employment supports that JFSWM offers. The parents both attended twice/week pre-employment classes over Zoom and were provided accounts for online English language classes and were taught to navigate them independently. Staff referred the family to Ludlow Adult Learning for ESOL classes and the Springfield Adult Learning Center for advising and placement into the upcoming Accelerated Career English program. Staff also helped the husband create an impressive resume, staff took him for several job interviews, and JFSWM referred both of their children (ages 18 and 20) to Springfield Adult Learning Center for college transition advising.
Refugees come to the US with skills, strengths, and a capacity and drive to succeed. JFS helps newly arrived refugees succeed in their first jobs, including teaching them English for work, pre-employment skills, digital literacy and financial literacy skills. Before and after securing employment, JFS continues to work with resettled refugees to set them on a learning path and a career. JFS works in partnership with area community colleges and learning centers to connect refugees with and help them succeed in training programs, including CNA, PCA, CDL and other certification programs. From enrollment to self-sufficiency and beyond, JFS supports them as they gain the skills and confidence to pursue their goals.