NCASC provides a number of services to refugees, asylees, and victims of human trafficking who have been in the U.S. for less than 5 years. This includes recent arrivals who have resettled through African Services, former NCASC clients, and refugees referred from other agencies.
Reception and Placement
The Reception and Placement program provides for the initial resettlement of newly arrived families. This begins with meeting a new family at the airport as they arrive and providing them with housing, furnishings and groceries, and cash assistance as allotted by the US Refugee Resettlement Program. Other core services include school enrollment for adults and children, accessing health care and necessary public assistance, comprehensive cultural orientation, enrollment in our Employment Program, and referrals to other service providers as needed. The program is geared towards reaching self-sufficiency as early as possible.
Employment is the central goal of the resettlement program; it is the only path for refugees to achieve true self-sufficiency in the U.S. Much of our work focuses on finding job opportunities for clients and preparing them for work in the U.S. Our employment services include:
Connecting and building relationships with employers in the area, and discovering and developing job opportunities for our clients.
Includes preparing clients for interviews and their first day on the job, providing assistance with the application process, helping to develop resumes and references, providing interpretation assistance during training, and coordinating transportation assistance for interviews and applications. Contact John Sumner or Cathey Mitchell for more information or to set up an appointment.
For eligible clients, NCASC can help enroll and pay for vocational training courses for certification in particular lines of work. Courses include CNA, Forklift/OSHA certification, Pharmacy Tech., and Truck Driving, among others. Eligibility is based on educational level and length of time since arrival in the U.S. Contact Cathey Mitchell for more information or to set up an appointment.
Skills Recertification / Degree Evaluation
For clients who arrive in the U.S. with a college degree or professional certification from their home country, NCASC can help clients get re-certification or have their degrees evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
Information and Referrals
Life in the U.S. is complex and can be confusing to newcomers. Often what refugees need most is information on how to navigate the complicated American system. One of our central goals is to help clients become well informed on how our social system works to keep them from falling through the cracks. This could be as simple as explaining a piece of mail or scheduling a doctor’s visit.
For issues we are unable to handle in-house, we can refer clients to a variety of other service organizations that can help. See our Community Resources/Affiliates page for more information on partnering organizations.