Solutions in Hometown Connections works to identify the needs of resettled individuals and their families. We match community volunteers to provide personalized support and guidance in three main areas: learning English, community guidance, and job development.
Helping a refugee learn English could take many forms including: English tutoring for mothers at home who are unable to attend scheduled classes because they care for their young children at home; conversational English interaction for those who are employed and unable to attend classes, or virtual tutoring for high school students in Math, and English.
Examples of community guidance provided by volunteers ranges includes: explaining a letter sent home from school with a child; providing a friendly and reassuring presence during a first visit to the ER; or accompanying someone to the Motor Vehicle Administration to take steps needed to get their drivers license.
Our job development volunteers provide guidance searching for jobs that individuals are qualified for, filling out online applications and coaching for interviews and interactions with potential employers.
Our volunteers provide one on one interaction and friendship, and SHConnections staff are always available to triage and find answers to multiple questions and challenges that emerge on a daily basis for refugees who are new to the U.S.