RISE believes that gaining and maintaining employment plays a critical role in becoming self-sufficient. In 2014, the organization received a three-year federal grant from the Office of Refugee Resettlement for its Self-Sufficiency Program.


Refugee workers are motivated workers

Refugees are survivors of great adversity, having lost their homes, personal property and careers.Their personal need to regain self-sufficiency, their interest in acquiring new skills and their desire to attain economic stability for their families make them excellent prospects for hire at all levels.

It’s good for your business

Refugee workers bring personal initiative, skills, strong work ethics and diversity to the workplace.  Their job retention rates are high. And in addition, employer tax credits and training incentives are available in many cases.

It’s good for the economy

Most refugees are able to begin paying taxes within their first year in the US.

It’s good for your community

Hiring a refugee not only helps your business but also demonstrates your commitment to building self-sufficiency, strengthening families and promoting more active participation of new arrivals to your community. Support services are available to employers. Federally-funded employment services for refugees provide pre-screening, work orientation, job-coaching, vocational English language instruction and other services which facilitate entry into the workforce and promote on-going skills acquisition and good job retention. In addition, guidance in meeting federal employment verification (I-9) requirements is available to make the hiring process as easy as possible.

For more about RISE’s Employment Services and its effectiveness, please consult the program’s Fact Sheet: http://www.syracuserise.org/employment-fact-sheet/