Refugee Employment Services

Catholic Charities has provided refugee employment placement for more than 20 years. During this time, we’ve developed close relationships with area employers who have learned to appreciate the energy, skills and work ethic of America’s newest residents.

Our job readiness and development programs have been extremely successful in helping refugees locate stable employment, particularly in the service industry.

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Suraj, a Bhutanese national with Refugee status, was resettled in the United States after spending eighteen years of his life in a refugee camp in Nepal. He fled from Bhutan in the early 1990s and experienced hardships such as lack of food, clothes and shelter. Through all he endured he was able to completed high school in Nepal. In March of 2013, Suraj and his family of four were resettled by Catholic Charities in Harrisburg. Suraj enrolled in Catholic Charities Employment Services program to develop the skills necessary to obtain better job opportunities.

Suraj was working part time when he first enrolled in the program. He accepted a job as a sales associate with a goal of becoming a supervisor and eventually a senior management position. In order to achieve his goal Suraj registered for the Basic Computer training class offered by Catholic Charities Employment Services. With his determination and good work ethics, Suraj was able to successfully complete the basic computer training class. Suraj enhanced his computer skills and was able to apply to online jobs. As a result of his training, Suraj was upgraded from part-time to full time employment.

Suraj is very optimistic about the future and the endless possibilities. Suraj is determined to succeed and see himself as the only one who can deter him from his goals. Suraj will continue towards his goal of becoming a manager and providing a bright future for his family.

- S. Jovic
Council on Accrediation Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations United Way

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