Employ Refugees

Employing refugees makes business sense:

  • 73% of employers had a higher retention rate employing refuges compared to other employees, according to a study by FPI. High retention means less training, onboarding and loyal employees.
  • A study by MPI showed that nearly half of refugees arrive with a college degree. Regardless of education level, refugees come seeking a better life and are willing to work hard to reach their goals. 
  • A diverse workforce brings strength. According to a study by McKinsey, diverse business outperform industry medians by 35%. 
  • Hiring refugees may qualify the employer for government incentive programs.

Not only does employing refugees make business sense, it helps qualified, passionate, and hard-working individuals get opportunities to help them thrive in their new home. JFS matches employers with qualified employees without a finder’s fee or any financial cost for the employer. JFS will work with employers to ensure employees are trained and ready for employment opportunities, and help problem solve any emerging issues.

Refugees are work authorized by the US government upon arrival to the country. They have a Social Security number within three weeks of entering the country and are future US citizens. For more information on refugees right to work, see: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/guides/D2en.pdf

My name is Jeremie Kadzik and I’m the Director of Operations for Conklin Office Furniture located at 75 Appleton Street in Holyoke MA.  At Conklin, we offer a very large selection of new, remanufactured and pre-owned office furniture for everything from the home office to corporate America.  We also manufacture a full line of our own products here in Holyoke.  Office furniture is big and bulky and requires a lot of labor to produce, you need strong healthy people to be able to handle it each and every day.

If you have any questions about the effectiveness of our relationship with Tatyana and Jewish Family Service, I invite anyone who’s interested to take a tour of our facility and enjoy a meet and greet to see for yourself how the program has helped Conklin and how Conklin has helped some really wonderful people.

In closing, I just wanted to laud the wonderful experience we have had over the last 6 years while working with Tatyana and Jewish Family Service.  They do a wonderful job connecting whatever talents a person has with the many companies she works with, just this December we had our very first hire from JFS celebrate his 6th year with our company!

I would highly recommend giving JFS and Tatyana a shot by adding someone who she is helping to place on your team.  I can almost guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Thank you!

Jeremie Kadzik, Jeremie@conklinoffice.com; www.conklinoffice.com

If you anticipate job openings or would like to hire refugees in the future, please contact the JFS Employment Coordinator, Tatyana Abashina, at t.abashina@jfswm.org.

Download Refugee Employment Flyer.

If you would like to partner with JFS to design a work training program to prepare refugees for work in your industry, please contact the JFS Adult Learning Coordinator, Syonara Tomoum, at s.tomoum@jfswm.org

    “We have gainfully employed JFS refugees in 6 locations in Western Mass. It’s great to see them flourish and become successful citizens in our communities.”

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