The U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) are co-leading a work group to help support resettlement programs and communities as they begin receiving more refugees from Congo. Higher was invited to participate in this work group along with several state coordinators, health officials, and other stakeholders representing both national and international program perspectives. Its a great opportunity for Higher to lift up employment as a critical component of successful resettlement.
At the work group’s most recent meeting on September 24, representatives from overseas cultural orientation programs commented on how eager most Congolese are to begin working in the U.S. One representative expressed that employment is the topic that gets the most questions during their 5-day orientation for refugees preparing to travel to the U.S. Others expressed an interest in hearing from Congolese refugees who are already established in their new communities.
Let us know if you have a success story to share. Here are two already posted on ORR’s website in case you are looking for some good examples to share with your community.
Charlotte Sews for Success in the Microenterprise Program
In the coming months, Higher will share more from the work group and welcomes your insights and ideas from the field to share back to the work group as well!