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Blog Post: Supporting Job Seekers with Backgrounds in Aviation: Ideas and Resources for Service Providers

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: November 21, 2022
Topic(s): Employment
Subtopic(s): Job Development
In support of Afghan pilots who have resettled in the U.S., Upwardly Global published a landscape assessment and proposed program plan earlier this year. The scope of the research included a high-level overview of potential pathways in the U.S., as well as proposed tools for service providers to help these individuals find skill-aligned employment. This …

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Blog Post: It Takes a Village: Learning from Statewide Housing Partnerships in Idaho

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: November 2, 2022
Topic(s): Housing
As we enter the final months of 2022, it’s clear that refugee resettlement in the United States looks different than it did in past years. Refugee Housing Solutions spoke to Christina Bruce-Bennion, Service Coordination Program Manager at the Idaho Office for Refugees, about navigating these shifts as they pertain to housing partnerships. Bruce-Bennion has worked …

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Blog Post: Could 40 Seconds of Compassion Make a Difference for Resettled Refugees?

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: October 31, 2022
Topic(s): Case Management, Community Engagement
The Question of Compassion People working in refugee resettlement are often motivated by compassion. This is perhaps especially true for those who engage directly with clients—caseworkers, casework assistants, volunteers, interpreters, and the range of housing, education, and employment specialists. Compassion is defined by Trzeciak & Mazzarelli as an “emotional response to another’s pain or suffering, …

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Blog Post: The Uniting for Ukraine Support Line: Virtual Support for Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: October 28, 2022
Topic(s): Case Management, Immigration Legal Needs
Subtopic(s): Humanitarian Parole, Program Eligibility
On April 21, 2022, President Biden announced the launch of a new program: Uniting for Ukraine (U4U). The program “provides a pathway for Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members who are outside the United States to come to the United States and stay temporarily in a two-year period of parole.” By matching Ukrainian applicants …

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Blog Post: Innovative Housing Spotlight: Partnership with a College Campus to Welcome Afghan Families

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: October 6, 2022
Topic(s): Community Engagement, Cultural Awareness
Subtopic(s): Welcoming Communities
Do you support refugees and newcomers with affordable housing services? This blog post is for you! Switchboard has partnered with Refugee Housing Solutions to share training and promising practices related to housing solutions for newcomers. Today, we’re spotlighting the innovative housing work of World Learning Inc., a global nonprofit and accredited academic institution with a …

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Blog Post: How Schools Can Support Newcomer Youth: Ten Innovative Practices

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: September 30, 2022
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services
Subtopic(s): Child and Youth Education
This is the second part of a series on school integration for refugee youth and their families.   While most students in the U.S. start the school year thinking about their locker decor, who their favorite teacher might be, and whether they’ll get to sit next to their crush in math class, most newcomer youth arrive …

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Blog Post: Parenting My Sibling: An Afghan American Social Worker’s Integration Journey

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: September 30, 2022
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services, Cultural Awareness
Subtopic(s): Guardianship, Unaccompanied Refugee Minors
 Switchboard is committed to sharing stories of lived experiences with service providers across the U.S. Today, Switchboard is sharing the anonymous story of an Afghan American Social Worker who arrived in the United States as an Unaccompanied Refugee Minor.  Experiences in the U.S. Foster Care System At the early age of 14, I was forced …

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Blog Post: Resource List: Serving Ukrainian Newcomers

Author(s): Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE), Switchboard
Date: September 19, 2022
Topic(s): Case Management, Cultural Awareness, Employment, Health, Mental Health and Wellness
Subtopic(s): Grief and Healing
In early 2022, President Biden announced that the United States would welcome 100,000 Ukrainian newcomers and others affected by the Russian invasion that took place in February. The resettlement network is working to support Ukrainians by providing available benefits and services, including those funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). This blog post, created …

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Blog Post: Conflicting Gender Norms: Complications and Considerations of Afghan Integration

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: September 16, 2022
Topic(s): Case Management
Subtopic(s): Gender Equality
August 2022 marked the one-year anniversary of the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan. It seems like a lifetime since we witnessed the chaos of rapid evacuations at Kabul International Airport. In this past year, Afghanistan has changed drastically under the Taliban’s governance, and the country has yet again produced one of the largest displaced …

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Blog Post: Reflections from An Afghan American School Counselor: Building Bridges with Migrant Students

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: August 31, 2022
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services
Imprinted Memories, September 1987 The strong smell of freshly sharpened pencils and lemon scented floors dominates as I cling to my father’s hand and hesitantly walk down a long hallway to my kindergarten class on the first day of school. When we arrive at the door, I hastily sit on his feet in a desperate …

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