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Blog Post: Three Steps to Help Empower Refugee and Immigrant Clients through Digital Literacy

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: July 26, 2022
Topic(s): Adult Education, Digital Inclusion
Digital literacy skills may seem universal, especially if we consider all the places and situations where technology exists. Research has shown, however, that access to and use of technology vary based on demographics such as race, economic class, education, place of birth, etc. Through their work with refugee and newcomer clients, service providers can help …

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Blog Post: Personal Finance: Resources to Guide Newcomers on Measuring their Financial Well-being and Managing Money in the United States

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: July 15, 2022
Topic(s): Financial Capabilities
People who are new to the United States may have many adjustments to make. Getting acquainted with the U.S. financial system can be one important component that supports successful integration. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has a wealth of information that resettlement staff can share with refugee, immigrant, and migrant communities, to help people …

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Blog Post: Can Afghan Newcomers Access Title IV, Federal Student Aid? Answering FAQ’s About New Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education

Author(s): Lindsay Dusard, Switchboard
Date: July 11, 2022
Topic(s): Adult Education
Subtopic(s): Higher Education
As Afghan newcomers begin to find their footing here in the United States, many will explore options for postsecondary and career and technical education. Accessing Title IV, Federal student aid through the U.S. Department of Education can offer critical assistance in financing these goals and aspirations. The Dear Colleague letter released by the U.S. Department …

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Blog Post: Demystifying the Family Self Sufficiency Plan (FSSP): How Does it Help ORR, State Refugee Coordinators, and Service Providers Improve Services?

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: July 6, 2022
For newcomer families to succeed in the U.S., it is critical to look beyond economic self-sufficiency to other elements of family wellbeing. In October 2021, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) issued new Family Self-Sufficiency Plan requirements for those receiving employment-related Refugee Support Services (RSS). This new guidance requires, a “whole-family approach” to addressing barriers …

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Blog Post: Serving Jobseekers with Professional Backgrounds: Workforce Resources for Clients and Staff

Author(s): Emily Hackerson, Switchboard
Date: June 7, 2022
Topic(s): Employment
As employment staff across the resettlement network know, clients with professional backgrounds bring to their job searchin-demand talent, perspective, and commitment, but face unique barriers to attaining quality, professional-level employment. Clients are often ‘starting over’ in a complex workforce that does not always recognize their credentials or transferrable skills. This “brain waste” is not a …

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Blog Post: COVID-19 and Parenthood: Tips and Resources for Sharing with Mothers, Fathers, and Families

Author(s): National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM)
Date: June 2, 2022
Topic(s): Health
Subtopic(s): COVID-19
With Women’s Health Month in May and Men’s Health Month in June, now is a great time to share parenthood resources from the National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM). Debunking myths—including those related to fertility, pregnancy, and parenthood—and encouraging vaccinations and booster shots are key to protecting RIM communities from severe illness …

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Blog Post: Theories of Change, Logframes, and Indicators: An Updated Resource Collection on Project Design

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: June 2, 2022
Topic(s): Monitoring and Evaluation
Subtopic(s): Project Design and M&E Planning
Are you working to design a new project or refine the design of an existing program? Switchboard’s Resource Library hosts a variety of project design resources to help guide you through the process.  Strong project design starts with sound logic. Theories of change  and  logical frameworks (logframes) can both be considered types of logic models. A …

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Blog Post: The Resources You Need to Get Started with Monitoring and Evaluation

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: May 24, 2022
Topic(s): Monitoring and Evaluation
Subtopic(s): Project Design and M&E Planning
Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is key to strong program design and delivery, both so service providers can track and improve their work and so funders can receive needed reports. But due to capacity issues, financial and time constraints, or the absence of clear processes, there are many reasons why M&E may sometimes be sidelined, infrequently …

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Blog Post: Ramadan 2022: Help Clients Observe the Holy Month with Health and Safety in Mind

Author(s): National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM)
Date: April 6, 2022
Topic(s): Community Engagement, Cultural Awareness
Ramadan Mubarak! Muslims observing the Holy Month are eager to spend their nights breaking fast, reciting the Quran, praying nightly in congregation (for “taraweeh” and “qiyam al lail”), and connecting to their spirituality. This blog post shares how you can promote better public health to clients, so they can more safely enjoy Ramadan.

Blog Post: Supporting Afghan Clients’ Food Needs during Ramadan

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: April 1, 2022
Topic(s): Cultural Awareness
Subtopic(s): Food Security and Nutrition
This blog post suggests ways that refugee service providers can help meet the food needs of Afghan clients who are observing Ramadan while living in temporary housing.