Our services are designed to support client safety, stability, and economic security.

client services

Attending ASAP’s job training was the best week of my life in America.
— Mr. A., Nigerian journalist

EMPLOYMENT

For many asylum seekers, economic survival is imperative to maintain hope and personal dignity. ASAP’s employment program uses a three-pronged approach combining individualized career planning, a 30-hour job readiness training, and job placement services as needed. Our goal is to equip asylum seekers with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to secure and retain safe, legal, and purposeful employment. Our employment program helps asylum seekers learn how to:

  • Navigate a local job search
  • Complete a job application
  • Prepare and tailor a U.S. style resume and cover letter
  • Craft an elevator pitch
  • Develop interviewing skills
  • Learn about U.S. workplace expectations, benefits, and workers’ rights
  • Learn where to access vocational training and other professional development opportunities

 

Social Services

Unfamiliar with their new community and unable to financially support themselves, many asylum seekers experience extreme poverty, continued victimization, and profound isolation. ASAP works with clients to create an individualized service plan to address safety, stability, and overall health and wellbeing. Our social service program assists clients with a wide range of needs including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Medical debt forgiveness advocacy
  • Prescription medication assistance
  • Faith-based community connections
  • English as a Second Language classes
  • Computer literacy classes
  • Education opportunities
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Food referrals
  • Clothing referrals
  • Material assistance
  • Transportation assistance
  • Emergency housing referrals
  • Medical clinic referrals
  • Mental health referrals

 

Community

Social connection is essential to one's physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. ASAP’s community-building program facilitates opportunities for clients to connect with each other, volunteers, supporters, university students, and the larger community. The goal of this program is to provide a space where asylum seekers can connect, gain confidence, build friendships, and use their skills to help themselves and each another. Program activities include:

  • Daily drop-in activities facilitated by ASAP volunteers
  • Social outings via nature walks, cultural activities, sightseeing excursions, and the arts
  • Saturday morning conversation groups
  • Outreach event participation
  • Access to ASAP's private Facebook group
  • Peer mentorship for newly arrived asylum seekers

 

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