Our clients are refugees and asylees who are seeking to gain employment and achieve self-sufficiency in the United States. Journey's End will screen candidates to find the best employees to fit your needs. There is no cost to employers for our services, just benefits.
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Benefits to Employers
- Joining the growing number of employers in Western New York who have enjoyed the benefits of working with Journey's End Employment Program.
- Employers often experience higher retention, lower tardiness rates and a positive workplace.
- Our clients are eager to work, dependable, highly motivated and have a strong work ethic.
- Employment staff will assist our clients and the employers with completion of all new hire paperwork.
Who is a refugee?
Refugee is the specific term for any person who has been interviewed by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and authorized to come to the United States permanently because the person is unable to return to his or her country of nationality because of fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Refugees are legal aliens.
Refugees have a vast array of skills, education and experience. Some of these skills include construction, teaching, manufacturing, nursing and engineering. Overall they are highly motivated, hard working, productive and dedicated workers.
Refugees are work-authorized
Refugees are authorized to work upon arrival in the United States. Once a refugee has obtained a social security card, he or she may obtain employment. The USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) document which establishes a refugee's right to work is known as an I-94 card. A refugee does not need to obtain an Employment Authorization Form I-766 Card. Once a refugee has been in the United States for one year the refugee may apply for a Permanent Resident Alien Card (Green Card).
Information for employees
Journey's End is contracted by New York State to provide employment services to any eligible refugee or immigrant in Erie County, for the purpose of helping you find employment and achieve economic self-sufficiency. JERS serves not only refugees that it initially resettles, but walk-ins from the community and clients referred by other social services agencies.
Eligibility for the program
Participants in the program must be at least 16 years old, not yet be a US citizen, and have legal status as one of the following:
- Cuban or Haitian entrant
- Amerasian immigrant
- Certified victim of human trafficking or a certain family members
- Pre-certified victim of human trafficking or certain family members
- Iraqi alien or family member
- Afghan alien or family member
Referring clients to the program
If you or someone you know is interested in enrolling in the program, please visit, call or email Journey's End and make an appointment with an Employment Specialist.
Major employment services
- Job placement
- Searching for a job
- Filling out applications
- Filling out employment paperwork
- Resume preparation
- Education on US work culture and rules
- Ongoing employment support
JERS provides additional services, such as translation and transportation assistance, to support the major services and ensure successful, long-lasting employment.
How the program works
Job search process
- Intake interview to discuss skills and goals
- Clients are considered for job placement opportunities with employers that JERS works with
- Clients are supported in their own job search efforts
Job placement and retention
- Clients work with their Employment Specialist to prepare for starting their jobs
- The Employment Specialist maintains contact with clients and employers to assist with communication and provide supportive services
- Clients are assisted with other needs that their transition brings, such as informing social services of their jobs and finding alternate English classes
- Assistance with applying for unemployment benefits
- Discussion and preparation for “what comes next:” another job, school, etc.
For more information on hiring refugees visit RefugeeWorks