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Blog Post: Persevering during Times of Transition: Beyond Inviting Refugees to the Table

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: April 29, 2021
Topic(s): Community Engagement, Organizational Development
As part of a series of interviews about leadership during transition, I recently spoke with two refugee service leaders about the importance of engaging the refugee community during challenging times. Engaging clients is a key component for success responses, but refugee leaders are often excluded from important parts of developing and executing programs. How can service providers do better?

Blog Post: Responding to Questions and Concerns about the COVID-19 Vaccine, Including During Ramadan

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: April 15, 2021
Topic(s): Cultural Awareness, Health
Subtopic(s): COVID-19
This blog post features tips and resources to help refugee service providers address questions and concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine. It includes customizable communications templates and campaigns, responses to common client questions, videos addressing concerns about vaccines and Ramadan, and more!

Blog Post: Persevering during Times of Transition: Lessons from Leaders across the Resettlement Field

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: March 31, 2021
Topic(s): Health, Organizational Development
Subtopic(s): COVID-19
Strategic and everyday tactical leadership is critical to any organization, but confronting change as a leader can require new and different approaches. I recently interviewed leaders from several sectors working within refugee resettlement to learn how they had confronted the challenges of the past years. This blog post includes several areas of action based on their strategies.

Blog Post: Leveraging Volunteers Remotely during COVID-19 to Support Ongoing Economic Integration

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: March 19, 2021
Topic(s): Employment, Organizational Development
Subtopic(s): Volunteer Management
With the economic and health crises that came with COVID-19, many service providers were forced to shift priorities with clients. To ensure we did not lose sight of our long-term integration work with clients, we utilized the greater community, including volunteers, to support clients with professional development, professional networking, and complex financial systems navigation. This post provides ideas for leveraging volunteers remotely to support ongoing economic integration for refugees and asylees.

Blog Post: Partnering with School Districts during COVID-19: Tips for Refugee Service Providers

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: March 4, 2021
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services, Community Engagement, Health, Organizational Development
Subtopic(s): Child and Youth Education, Child and Youth Wellbeing, COVID-19, Partnerships
Partnerships between school districts and refugee service providers have always been important, but they have become vital during COVID-19. This blog post includes some general tips for refugee service providers seeking to build productive partnerships with school districts.

Blog Post: You Asked, We Acted: New Features on the Switchboard Website

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: February 26, 2021
Switchboard is continually seeking feedback on how we can improve our services. Among the recommendations for improvement that we received through our most recent program evaluation, there were several suggestions for our website. We are pleased to announce several new updates that were informed by these suggestions.

Blog Post: Announcing the New Annual Survey of Refugees

Author(s): Urban Institute
Date: January 26, 2021
Topic(s): Monitoring and Evaluation
The Annual Survey of Refugees (ASR) is a scientific study that collects information about how recently resettled refugees are adapting to life in the U.S. It is funded by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement and is being conducted by the Urban Institute and SSRS. This blog post includes information you need to know if your clients are selected for the survey and why the ASR is important.

Blog Post: Supporting Clients Experiencing Housing Insecurity: Tips and Multilingual Materials on Housing Relief Legislation

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: January 19, 2021
Topic(s): Housing, Safety
Subtopic(s): Federal Housing Programs, Landlords
As many clients continue to experience financial hardship due to the effects of COVID-19, service providers are offering support by helping to navigate pandemic relief measures. This post shares eviction prevention and rent assistance information related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including multilingual information where available.

Blog Post: What Can You Expect from Switchboard in the New Year? Findings from our External Evaluation and Needs Assessment

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: December 17, 2020
Topic(s): Monitoring and Evaluation
Subtopic(s): Data Analysis, Data Collection, Using Data and Evidence
As a Switchboard team, we’re always interested in learning more about how we’re doing, how we can improve, and which topics are on refugee service providers’ minds. This is why we worked with an external evaluator to look back at our work from the previous year to reflect on our project and identify how we could improve. We also conducted a needs assessment to hear from you and inform our priorities for the coming year. Thank you to all who participated! We would like to share some of the main findings with you.

Blog Post: Refugees and Asylees Have the Right to Work: Overcoming Two Key Challenges when Communicating with Employers about Work Authorization

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: November 13, 2020
Topic(s): Employment, Immigration Legal Needs
Subtopic(s): Employment Rights
This second post in a two-part series that was informed by conversations with Senior Trial Attorney Liza Zamd from the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division’s Immigrant and Employee Rights Section. It provides tips on overcoming two common challenges when employers request specific documents from refugees and asylees as they complete the I-9.