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Blog Post: A Roadmap for Employers Hiring Afghan Newcomers

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: January 27, 2022
Topic(s): Case Management, Employment
Subtopic(s): Career Advancement, Job Development, Job Readiness
As employment staff around the country assist Afghan newcomers with finding their first U.S. jobs, preparing job candidates for interviews is only one part of the process. Employment staff will need to consider that many companies are new to hiring this population and will also need guidance on how to prepare their HR teams to welcome this new workforce. This blog post shares tips for hiring Afghan newcomers.

Blog Post: What Can We Do to Protect Clients and Staff? Tips for Getting Started with Safeguarding and Protection

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: January 19, 2022
Topic(s): Case Management, Safety
When it comes to preserving safety for both clients and staff, there are many terms you might hear. This blog post reviews two key terms, safeguarding and protection, that relate to service providers’ roles in ensuring the safety of clients and staff.
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Blog Post: From Pediatric Developments to Employer Mandates: Five New COVID-19 Vaccination Facts to Know

Author(s): National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM)
Date: December 14, 2021
Topic(s): Health
Subtopic(s): COVID-19
Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be overwhelming to keep up with current vaccine recommendations and requirements. This is especially true for staff in resettlement agencies, community-based organizations, and public health departments who are working tirelessly to support clients. This post shares easy-to-remember facts from the National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM) that enable staff to answer common questions clients may have.

Blog Post: A Collection of Resources for Onboarding New Refugee Service Providers

Author(s): Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE), Switchboard
Date: November 17, 2021
Topic(s): Case Management, Cultural Awareness, Organizational Development
This blog post, written in partnership with Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE), shares resources for new refugee service providers organized by topics such as case management, understanding refugee populations, equity and inclusion, mental health, and more.

Blog Post: Emergency Rental Assistance Programs: Opportunities for Refugees and other ORR-Eligible Clients

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: November 8, 2021
Topic(s): Housing
Subtopic(s): Federal Housing Programs
Photo credit: AOberstadt/IRC Housing is a key challenge facing refugee service providers and communities around the U.S. There is an opportunity to coordinate with state or local partners on the use of existing federal programs, Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) 1 and 2, to support clients, including refugees and other Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)-eligible clients. …

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Blog Post: Helping Newcomers Access WIOA-funded Adult Integrated Education and Training (IET)

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: October 25, 2021
Topic(s): Adult Education, Employment
Subtopic(s): Career Advancement, Job Development, Job Readiness
The Workforce Innovation Opportunities Act (WIOA) is landmark legislation designed to strengthen the nation’s workforce system and reduce barriers for jobseekers. It helps clients find sustainable jobs through upskilling to meet the needs of industries around the U.S. One program area funded by WIOA is Integrated Education and Training, or IET. These programs, available across the U.S., support clients in learning English, gaining certifications in a specific field, and practicing resume writing, interview skills, financial literacy, and general job readiness.

Blog Post: How to Ensure Every Eligible Family is Benefiting from the Child Tax Credit

Author(s): Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Switchboard
Date: September 27, 2021
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services, Financial Capabilities
The American Rescue Plan, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, provides the largest Child Tax Credit ever. As of July 15, 2021, most families with children are automatically receiving monthly payments of $250 or $300 per child without having to take any action. However, some ORR-eligible populations may be missing out. Below is information about the Child Tax Credit and what refugee service providers can do to ensure their clients are receiving these funds.
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Blog Post: What Federal Benefits and Services are Available to Afghan Parolees?

Date: September 20, 2021
Topic(s): Case Management, Child, Youth, and Family Services, Employment, Health
Subtopic(s): Food Security and Nutrition, Program Eligibility
There are several programs in which Afghan parolees may participate (along with refugees, asylees, and other Office of Refugee Resettlement-eligible populations).

Blog Post: Supporting Clients and Staff Affected by the Crisis in Afghanistan

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: August 27, 2021
Topic(s): Case Management
Many refugee service providers are asking how to best support clients from Afghanistan during this time of crisis. This blog post includes a few tips that may be helpful to program staff and leaders as they seek to care for clients and staff affected by the situation in Afghanistan.
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Blog Post: A Round-up of Resources for Serving Afghan Evacuees

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: August 23, 2021
Topic(s): Case Management, Immigration Legal Needs, Safety
In July 2021, the U.S. government initiated Operation Allies Refuge to quickly admit and resettle individuals from and in Afghanistan who have worked for, or on behalf of, the U.S. government. The resettlement network is working to support Afghan evacuees by providing available benefits and services, including those funded by ORR. This blog post lists resources you may find helpful in serving these clients, including resources in Dari and Pashto.