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Blog Post: Giving Thanks As We Approach World Refugee Day

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: June 16, 2020
Topic(s): Community Engagement
World Refugee Day has always been a moment to recognize and amplify the experiences of refugees from around the world. As we prepare to observe World Refugee Day in the midst of a global pandemic, Switchboard is particularly grateful for the courage and resilience of refugees in the United States who are working tirelessly to keep us all safe.

Blog Post: Wellbeing for Service Providers: How Can Organizations Support Staff through the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: May 26, 2020
Topic(s): Cultural Awareness, Digital Inclusion, Health, Organizational Development
Subtopic(s): COVID-19
Refugee service providers are used to putting clients first, working long hours, and moving mountains to meet clients’ needs, no matter how difficult. This work is unique: we are entrusted with helping people who have experienced significant hardship and trauma as they rebuild their lives in a new country. Because our work is unique, our organizations have a unique role in supporting us.

Blog Post: Resource List: Multilingual Tutorials on Zoom and Other Online Platforms

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: May 19, 2020
Topic(s): Adult Education, Digital Inclusion
In the shift to virtual services, including home-based learning, many clients are learning how to use videoconferencing platforms like Zoom for the first time. School districts are using a wide range of these programs to communicate with students and families, while refugee service providers are leveraging them in the course of virtual case management, English language classes, job readiness training, etc. It can be difficult to find multilingual tutorials on using these platforms. The following videos and other materials may be helpful.

Blog Post: Wellbeing for Refugee Service Providers during COVID-19: Am I Ok?

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: May 11, 2020
Topic(s): Health, Mental Health and Wellness
Subtopic(s): COVID-19, Self-care and Staff Care
As the coronavirus pandemic redefines “normal,” many people are experiencing more symptoms of emotional distress. For most of us, seeing some of these signs some of the time isn’t too concerning. It’s when we begin to feel this way most of the time that it can become alarming. Learning to recognize signs of emotional distress in ourselves or our loved ones is one step towards beginning to cope.

Blog Post: Resource List: Workplace Safety for Essential Workers

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: May 8, 2020
Topic(s): Employment, Health, Safety
Subtopic(s): COVID-19
While some of our clients have experienced difficult layoffs or furloughs, others are continuing to serve our communities through their daily work. Essential workers range from child care providers and healthcare professionals to grocery store staff and meatpacking employees. How can we support the wellbeing of clients who must work?

Blog Post: Providing Successful Remote Services During the COVID-19 Crisis: Tips from the International Institute of New England

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: May 5, 2020
Topic(s): Case Management, Health, Organizational Development
Subtopic(s): COVID-19
When a busy human services operation providing critical support to vulnerable people is forced to immediately suspend face-to-face interactions, the sudden transition to remote work is not easy. Staff miss their work spaces, their clients, and each other. Program participants can no longer walk in for assistance, and quick questions that could have been easily answered now require an email or a pre-scheduled phone call. But as difficult as things may be, it is important to remember that it is still possible to provide support to clients.

Blog Post: Wellbeing for Service Providers during COVID-19: Managing our Own Emotional Needs While Helping Refugee Clients

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: April 20, 2020
Topic(s): Case Management, Health, Mental Health and Wellness
Subtopic(s): COVID-19, Self-care and Staff Care
People in helping professions are being challenged in numerous personal and professional ways during the COVID-19 pandemic. Service providers are supporting clients who may be in crisis due to employment, childcare or healthcare needs. At the same time, we ourselves may be in crisis for similar reasons. The challenge of caring for and being concerned about family and friends, as well as clients, is leading to extreme stress in many helping professionals.

Blog Post: Language Access in Times of Crisis: Getting Started With Video Remote Interpreting

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: April 15, 2020
Topic(s): Case Management, Cultural Awareness, Digital Inclusion
Subtopic(s): Interpretation
For many providers continuing to serve non-English-speaking clients during the COVID-19 pandemic, language access is a significant challenge. Videoconferencing technology, although far from perfect, can help us provide services without losing all of the human-to-human contact that typically facilitates communication. Below are a few tips for getting started with video remote interpreting (VRI). Choosing the …

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Blog Post: Remote Job Readiness Resources: Tips and Materials for Clients with Online Access

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: April 14, 2020
Topic(s): Digital Inclusion, Employment
Subtopic(s): Job Readiness
As we continue practicing social distancing amid COVID-19, you may be wondering how to stay in touch with your clients and continue job readiness training. While you may not be able to resume your job readiness classes in person for some time, there are many online resources you can share to keep your clients engaged and focused on their career paths. This blog post provides suggestions tailored towards clients who have computers or smartphones, internet access, and higher levels of digital literacy.

Blog Post: Helping Refugee Clients Cope During the COVID-19 Crisis

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: April 2, 2020
Topic(s): Health, Mental Health and Wellness
Subtopic(s): COVID-19
This blog post offers tips on how to help your clients cope during the COVID-19 crisis, including suggestions for sharing information in a trauma-informed way and supporting clients’ mental health and wellbeing.