Recently-arrived refugees and asylees find suitable employment opportunities as they seek to establish new lives in the New York metropolitan area. The clients we assist all have full legal status to live and work in the US, with no sponsorship or other immigration assistance needed from their prospective employers.
The Refugee Employment Partnership (REP) was formed in 2017 by members of B’nai Jeshurun and is now co-sponsored by Rutgers Presbyterian Church and includes other members of the local community. Our volunteers work in finance, law, media, health care, real estate, education and non-profits. Our Program Administrator works closely with our employer and NGO partners, volunteers and clients to support all aspects of our program.
Volunteers are needed as mentors to help refugees with job hunting and we are looking for employers who are interested in considering our highly motivated clients for entry level jobs. Please reach out if you can connect us with good employers and jobs or want to learn more about becoming a mentor.
What We Do
Under the current system of refugee resettlement, the federal government works with a network of NGOs who are directly responsible for resettling each refugee–this includes helping them find access to housing, employment, medical care, schooling, English instruction, and otherwise establish local connections and begin to integrate into the community. These NGOs often enlist local community groups to help them with these efforts.
Speaking with the refugee resettlement organizations and other social service organizations supporting this population, we discovered that one of their greatest needs is helping recent refugees find suitable and attractive employment. These organizations face staffing and funding constraints, particularly in the current political environment, and despite the dedication of their personnel, often lack the resources, connections and business expertise to build a network of interested employers, to take the time to understand their needs, and to help match candidates with potential opportunities.
Our clients have a range of English language skills and work experience. Some speak English quite well, having been raised speaking English or studied at home extensively; some have even been translators for the United States military. Others have been learning only since their arrival, achieving varying degrees of proficiency. Some have professional backgrounds including accounting, engineering, or other highly marketable skills. Others are fairly low-skilled but are eager to learn and ready to work very hard. We work closely with each client to assess their strengths and abilities so we can match them with appropriate job opportunities that will set them up for success and best meet the employer’s needs.
Visit the REP website to learn more.
Contacts: David Coleman, Richard Fields