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Support The Arrival of Refugees* Into The United States

There are more people forcibly displaced from their home than ever before.

And the trend is rising rapidly. According to the UNHCR, each year in the last decade has set a new record. In 2013, there were 51.23M displaced persons around the world. In 2022, that number rose to a staggering 108.4M.

 

76% of the world’s refugees are hosted in low- and middle-income countries.

41% of all refugees are minors.

Nataliia's Story

Nataliia was a teacher in Ukraine when war came suddenly. Hear her story of her difficult decision to leave her country, her journey across many borders, and what 'home' means for her.

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Humanitarian Parole

To meet this humanitarian crisis, the US responded with the Humanitarian Parole program. Humanitarian Parole is an executive order that allows individuals from a short list of countries temporary admission to live and work in the US. The admission is based on 'urgent humanitarian or significant public benefit reasons'. 

Meet James.

James Kaiser is Workforce Hope's Chief Impact Officer, here to walk you through Supportership.

James has had a robust career in immigration from a variety of perspectives: he began his career working in US Coast Guard as a JAG Officer, as an Attorney with the Department of Homeland Security, and in the US Congress on the Homeland Security and International Relations Committees. The later part of his career moved into leadership roles within charitable social organizations including Catholic Charities of South Carolina and the Order of Malta.

The Workforce Hope Model

Workforce Hope works to fortify the United States' workforce by pairing Humanitarian Parolees with reputable employers. When a job is offered and signed by the candidate, we process and submit all visa and parole applications to USCIS through our partnering law firms.

Workforce Hope employers contractually commit to provide the following financial support:

•Living wage job with benefits

•Attorney fees

•Travel costs

Individuals coming through the Workforce Hope program arrive with job in hand. A life with dignity begins with employment, but much more is needed to integrate newcomers into the community in a wholistic manner.

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Wholistic Welcome

Though there are job shortages around the country, Workforce Hope is growing slowly and regionally to ensure we can successfully welcome newcomers into the community.  

The Need for Welcome

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Workforce Hope is proud to be a listed Impact Innovator within Notre Dame's Migrant Impact Network.

We believe that successful integration is key to long-term employee, employer, and community success.

We set expectations that employers must be fully committed to the welcome and integration of incoming individuals and their families.

The Workforce Hope team works through lengthy welcome checklists with the employer team to prepare for the arrival of the newcomers:

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Typically our new employees don't show up with just what's in a suitcase. So I would say if anybody's looking at it, don't look at it lightly, because you've got to be all in. But--It's working for us so far.

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Welcome Checklist

Pre-Arrival

•Secure apartment(s)

•Procure basic furnishings

•Buy basic home supplies

•Buy basic groceries

Arrival

•Greet at airport

•Provide meal upon arrival

•Take to and tour apartment

Post-Arrival

•Apply for a US Social Security number

•Apply for USCIS employment authorization

•Sign apartment lease (if applicable)

•Apply for a driver’s license

•Open a bank account

•Ensure cell phones are activated for US use or purchase a cell phone

•Listen to their story

•Tour the community

•Take on first shopping experience

•Register for school and daycare

•Set up mail

•Practice riding the bus and explore transportation

•Introduce to ESL Classes

•Connect with driving lesson options

•Connect with medical screening, complete TB testing, and receive applicable vaccinations

•Introduce to culture or faith communities

•Connect with work buddy and community buddy volunteer

To meet this significant demand of welcome and more, Workforce Hope Foundation was born.

The Workforce Hope Foundation was designed to create community integration on all levels: non-profit organizations, faith communities, business organizations, individual volunteers, and city and state departments.  

We bring together these individuals and organizations to build local Communities of Welcome. These local Communities of Welcome work alongside the employers to create a wholistic welcome for incoming Humanitarian Parolees to better integrate into the community, forge long-term friendships, and be productive members of their society.

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The Need for Supporters

Supporters

The consideration of each Humanitarian Parole application reviews the access to financial support. USCIS wants to ensure that the newcomers are not a public charge upon arrival. Each application either needs a self-declaration or a financial supporter declaration.

Therefore, the Financial Supporter must submit evidence to assure the government that they have enough financial resources to support the parolee during their stay in the United States. 

USCIS has to verify that the Financial Supporter has enough financial resources to support, but it does not necessarily mean that the Financial Supporter must provide financial support themselves. 

According to the Department of State Foreign Affairs: "This affidavit, submitted by the applicant at your request, is not legally binding on the Supporter."

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The Workforce Hope Foundation Supporter Model:
Community to Community

Workforce Hope Foundation has a community-to-community Supporter model. Under the WFHF model the Supporter is not financially responsible for a specific Humanitarian Parolee individual or family.

 

Instead, the employer, WFHF Communities of Welcome, and the WFHF Supporter Fund are ultimately responsible for the financial support of all humanitarian parolees. 

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What does it take to become a Supporter?

Because the purpose of the financial supporter, UCSIS requires financial documentation to prove the Supporters ability to financially ensure that the parolee is not a public charge.

Information Required 

  • Full legal name including middle name

  • Previous or all other names used before

  • Date of birth

  • City, State, and Country of Birth

  • Phone Number

  • Physical Address

  • Mailing Address (If Different)

  • Social Security Number

  • Number of Dependents

Documents Needed

 

  • Bank statement or signed bank letter on bank letterhead confirming account and bank balance.

  • IRS tax transcript for the most recent tax year OR federal tax returns with W-2(s).

  • Letter from employer confirming salary and start date on company letterhead.

  • Two recent pay stubs.

  • Proof of status in the US such as US passport, US birth certificate, naturalization certificate, permanent resident card, or lawful non-immigrant status.

Ready to Get Started?

Supporter​

Low involvement

 

Change a life for those seeking refuge by helping them gain legal entry to the Unites States and to build a new life with the dignity of a good job. 

Supporter + Giver

Low involvement with financial gift

Many of our newcomers arrive with just a backpack. Give your affidavit of support and give a gift for a micro-loan program to help newcomers get their feet under them in the first 90 days: paying for rent, incidentals, clothes, toys, books, food, etc. 

Supporter and Welcome Community Volunteer

High involvement

Agree to act as a volunteer in these Communities of Welcome. Greet at the airport, help with paperwork, listen to their story, and be intentional to form relationships. 

Change a life

*Refugees & humanitarian parolees are foreign nationals approved by the U.S. government for legal asylum in the U.S., therefore, both are commonly called “refugees”. Supporters assist the process of humanitarian parolees, who are technically distinct from refugees in that parolees typically are eligible for limited government benefits and receive limited access to case management assistance to help them adapt to life in the U.S.

For our purposes, we often refer to Humanitarian Parolees as Refugees.

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