Employer Spotlight: JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort
Starting a new life in the United States a refugee quickly encounters expenses: rent must be paid and groceries must be purchased. For IRC's Employment Team building relationships with community businesses and preparing refugees for the US job market is the highest priority.
The IRC in Tucson is pleased to recognize the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa for their role in providing opportunities for refugee families. Julie Osnowitz, Senior Purchasing Manager, remarked, “We have had really great success with the refugees we have hired from the IRC. A lot of people stay and do not have to be replaced. There is a lull in hiring. That is good, that is what we want.” She is happy to hire refugees as she has had such great luck in the past, and often hires friends of current refugees because she trusts they will have a similar work ethic. She and Jon Whitney, Stewarding Supervisor, both agree that refugees have become an asset to them in more ways than one. One former refugee, Michael, has even worked his way to the position of Certified Hire Trainer, assisting them with the communication barrier as he speaks such great English.
Although some of their refugee employees do struggle with English at first, Julie pointed out that they are still “equipped, ready for the job. IRC does not do it for them, but helps them. This makes for a good partnership.” She remembers one refugee coming in for an interview for a dishwashing job, dressed in a suit. She credited this occurrence to the IRC for preparing refugees for job interviews.