World Relief Job Class

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" –Isaiah 52:7

 

            Those who are new to the United States often have difficulty finding employment. The culture is new, the language is often new, and there are certain expectations that often seem foreign. For some of these people, seemingly mundane tasks are daunting.

            As part of the resettlement process through World Relief, clients are given an employment caseworker. It is the caseworker’s job to apply the client for jobs, ensure that the client is actively filling out applications, help the client with interviews and transportation, and follow up with the client to make sure that they are doing well at work.

            Preparation for this journey involves a job class in which a person with World Relief visits the client and goes over some basics for job applications, interviews, and work life. During this class, the worker explains work culture in America and how it may differ. The class also outlines guidelines for accepting and keeping jobs and application/interview expectations (both from World Relief and the potential employer’s perspectives), and how to keep a job (hygiene, missing work, etc.). Finally, the worker offers motivation and encourages the clients so that they are more comfortable in starting their journey to employment.

            Through the employment program, we as Christian stewards have the opportunity to communicate with clients and encourage those who may feel down. Most importantly we have the opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the clients and find out more about their spiritual journeys. It is our chance and privilege to lead those unfamiliar with Jesus and to fellowship with those who have heard and accepted the Good News. Through this program, we hope to increase the number of beautiful feet, and to provide comfort in a world that may otherwise seem intimidating.

Helping clients with employment is a great way for volunteers and local churches to meet some of our clients and to provide for their needs. For those who have read this and may have become led to join in our job class, contact Laura Myers at lboyd@wr.org. We are continuously in need of those willing and excited to share in this program as we press onward and continue to share the Good News that is Jesus Christ.