Employment and Economic Opportunity
Resettled refugees have a wide spectrum of work experiences and skill sets. Some people have spent years in refugee camps where it was illegal for them to work; others were doctors or engineers in their home countries. Our employment team works hard to help each of our clients reach their employment goals, whether that means a job that can take care of their families or a job in their preferred career field.
Our Employments Specialists work with former refugees for up to five years after they arrive in the U.S. to support their career goals and family's financial well-being.
Refugees make invaluable contributions to Durham’s growing economy as workers, consumers, and entrepreneurs. We have seen first-hand the positive economic impact that refugees have on our community, and the research backs us up: a report from New American Economy shows that refugees paid almost $21 billion in taxes in 2015 and earned more than $77 billion in household income!
“I wish to express my sincere appreciation for CWS and the refugee program. (Our new hires via CWS are) wonderful additions to our team and I am grateful for your service. Thank you again.”
Our free services for refugee employees and employers include:
| Upward Mobility
Every year, CWS welcomes refugees who were doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, and skilled professionals to North Carolina. They face steep barriers to getting back into former career fields, and it takes time, money, and bandwidth. For several years, we have served these refugees through the TAP-F program: providing navigation support to take advantage of re-credentialing, licensing, and vocational training programs.
This year, we launched our newest program: Communities Acting for Refugee Empowerment (CARE). The CARE pilot program helps more established refugees secure meaningful work that pays a living wage through providing financial assistance, navigation support, and community mentorship. Check out how you can get involved here.