Greater Toledo Newcomer Center
Helping New Neighbors Get Their Start
The Greater Toledo Newcomer Center, powered by JFS of Washtenaw County, is now open and providing resettlement and integration services in the Toledo area. The GTNC offers critical resettlement support and ongoing social services to promote meaningful inclusion of newly arrived refugees and immigrants.
Reception and Placement (R&P)
The resettlement program ensures your safety and orientation to the United States during and after arrival as a refugee or SIV. Applicants can apply for the 30-day program up to 90 days after arrival, once in their lifetime.
- Establishing housing, furnishings and required household items
- Food and clothing assistance, as well as pocket money
- Two home visits
- Orientation to community
- Access to health services and screening
- Referral to Employment services, English language services, and ongoing social services
- Assistance obtaining social security cards, applying for public benefits and school enrollment
- Orientation to potential income sources outside of resettlement income
Preferred Communities (PC)
The Preferred Communities program helps you reach self-sufficiency and stabilization. You will work with a caseworker to create a self-sufficiency plan for your acclimation in the USA.
This program complements and supplements what you will receive under the Reception & Placement (R&P) program and is provided for a period of six (6) to twelve (12) months or until self-sufficiency is achieved. You will be expected to meet with your case manager regularly and work towards achieving your goals.
Your self-sufficiency plan may include the following support services:
- Extended and specialized cultural orientation
- Intensive case management
- Referrals to community resources and health professionals.
Matching Grant Program
The Matching Grant Program is an employment program supported by a partnership with the federal government and local community.
The following services are included in the Matching Grant Program:
Identifying and addressing barriers to economic self-sufficiency
Placing employable clients as quickly as possible into appropriate jobs so that the household becomes self-sufficient within 180 – 240 days
Core Maintenance Assistance
Providing financial support towards living expenses prior to becoming self-sufficient.
Employer Staffing Program
If you’re an employer looking for reliable employees, we’re here to help. Here’s how…
GTNC helps employers find motivated and experienced employees, providing ongoing support to both employer and employee to ensure maximum productivity and job stability.
- Employers are matched with a diverse pool of job seekers with various professional skills and employment backgrounds.
- GTNC works directly with the employer to facilitate job readiness training and retention support
- Employers may be eligible for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) when hiring employees who have received public assistance in the past.
GTNC ensures all participants in our programs:
- Have proper documentation and are legally authorized to work
- Are pre-screened and assessed to match with the employer
- Will diversify your workforce
The best businesses hire and support a diverse workforce.
Refugee Social Services
Refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, special immigrant visa holders, Cuban/Haitian entrants, Afghan parolees, and Ukrainian parolees are eligible for refugee social services if they are within the first five years of holding that status. The goal of the Refugee Social Services program is to connect clients with employment. The following employability services are provided:
- Employment Services: development of a self-sufficiency and employability plan, job readiness workshops, job development, referral to job opportunities, job placement and follow-up
- English language instruction: testing and instruction with an emphasis on English as it relates to obtaining and retaining a job
- Skills Recertification: career guidance and financial assistance to support professional employment in an area of relevant previous education and experience
- Transportation: transportation and access to transportation assistance as needed for acceptance and retention of employment
- Case Management Services: assistance around navigating benefits and community resources to support employment as soon as possible after arrival in the United States
- Employment Authorization Document Assistance: assistance completing EAD applications for eligible clients
Contact: Employment Coordinator, Meighan Richardson firstname.lastname@example.org