Wells Fargo Supports IRC’s Intensive Job Readiness Program
The IRC was awarded a $10,000 grant from Wells Fargo to support the Intensive Job Readiness Program for refugees who have been resettled in the greater Atlanta area. The IRC in Atlanta helps refugees integrate into the local job market through vocational counseling, job search and placement services, and workplace orientation and training.
Year-round intensive job readiness and vocational training provides newly arrived refugees with the knowledge and skills needed to increase employability, self-sufficiency, and successful integration into their new communities. The IRC’s Intensive Job Readiness Program has assisted more than 80% of refugee families resettled in Atlanta to become employable and self-sufficient within the first six months of their arrival to the U.S.
Photo: the IRC in Atlanta
The program is aimed at the most vulnerable refugees who arrive with little money, few marketable job skills and low literacy rates. The IRC provides culturally and linguistically appropriate job skills classes, vocational English language instruction, computer and financial literacy, and training in the culture of the American workplace. The IRC empowers refugees to conduct their own employment searches after their initial resettlement period by building on the English language and computer literacy instruction provided to them.
Wells Fargo chose to support the Intensive Job Readiness Program because of the tremendous importance of steady employment to create a stable and successful future for refugees.
The IRC would like to extend its appreciation to Wells Fargo for its support for this vital program. Additionally, the IRC in Atlanta thanks Development Committee Member Baimba Norman for assisting the IRC develop this new partnership with Wells Fargo.
For more information about this grant or the Intensive Job Readiness Program, please contact Meghann Adams, Development Manager, at Meghann.Adams@Rescue.org or call (678) 636-8929.