Basic Needs Support
CWS partners with the community to ensure every new arrival has safe and affordable housing, basic home furnishings and household supplies, utility connections and access to a phone, culturally appropriate food and sufficient clothing to begin their new life in the Mid-Hudson Valley.
The CWS Office Director will assist new arrivals with accessing the information and services they need to succeed. These services include airport reception; home and community orientation; application assistance including social security cards, food stamps and Medicaid; short and long term case planning support; and ongoing one-on-one follow up to help refugees meet their goals for self-sufficiency in the U.S.
The majority of refugees expected to be resettled in the Mid-Hudson Valley by CWS are coming from refugee camps and urban environments where they were at times unable to access adequate health care. CWS staff will work with newly arrived families to assess and address their health needs and help them begin on a path for a healthy future.
Job Preparation and Application
The office director, in coordination with dedicated volunteers, will work to prepare new arrivals for the American workplace through assessments, employment classes, resume building, mock interviews and in the field practice. These efforts provide clients with the skills and confidence they need to not only obtain their first jobs in America, but to be successful in their positions long term. Employment is the key to establishing long-term self-sufficiency and is an important avenue for new arrivals, not only to earn income, but also to practice their English language skills and learn about the culture of their new community.
CWS will pursue additional funding opportunities to add staff to specialize in job readiness and employment. In many CWS offices, Employment Specialists work with employers and clients to provide technical support when necessary to ensure successful partnerships for all involved.