September 14-18, 2020
Free Cultural Humility Virtual Training
Welcoming Communities Videos and Signs
Vincent is a refugee youth who comes to our community from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) via Rwanda. In the video below he shares his experience being resettled into Washtenaw County.
Jeanine is also from the DRC, via Tanzania. She is a single mother of 5 and works with JFS to create instructional videos to teach her community members about America and what to expect. She sings a song for our Welcoming Community.
Chris Chancey is the CEO of Amplio, a multi-city staffing agency that connecting companies with the dependable refugee workforce. He has partnered with JFS to welcome refugees and helps us find professional opportunities for our clients.
Free Mentorship and its Impact Information and Learning
Mentorship is a professional relationship where a more experienced person generously shares their own experience to support a new member of a community.
We have been fortunate to mentor and become friends with three young-adult siblings from Eritrea, who came to the United States after spending many years in an Ethiopian refugee camp. Our primary goal was to help them find jobs – to work on their resumes, help with job searches, investigate college enrollment – but once we got to know them, we wanted to help in other ways as well. It has been a joy to work with the family for almost two years now.
Their resilience, drive, warmth, and friendship have been both inspiring and rewarding. Before COVID-19, we enjoyed gathering as a group and going out for meals together, as you can see in the photos below.
We volunteered to become part of the JFS mentoring program because we believe strongly in being active in a welcoming community and reaching out to those who need support. Although our intention was to help others, we gained a lot in return. Refugees broaden our appreciation of cultures and humanity, and our country is enriched by their stories and their courage.
Read more about successful mentorship in this article from World Education Service: https://www.wes.org/advisor-blog/definition-of-mentorship/
Can you be a mentor?
You would be matched with a refugee or immigrant interested in a similar field. We ask that you commit at least 1 hour a week to establish a professional mentorship relationship which would involve career guidance and advice, networking, and social adjustment support.
We’ll invite you to join our Refugee & Immigrant Mentor Group on LinkedIn and reach out when we have an appropriate match.
Margie Checkoway and Ruth Caston