Exodus is working to raise $25,000 to support its Employment Services program, which assists the growing refugee population in Indianapolis reach self-sufficiency.
Exodus Refugee Immigration works with refugees—worldwide victims of persecution, injustice, and war—to establish self-sufficient lives in freedom and sanctuary for themselves and their families in Indiana.
Worldwide, and on a daily basis, millions of persons are forced to flee their homelands and seek refuge in camps located in neighboring countries. Every year Indianapolis has the great fortune of becoming home to a small fraction of the worldwide refugee population. Although refugees come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and life experiences, they have all had to flee their homelands due to violence, persecution, oppression, and other human rights violations. They also share a similar hope that their new life in Indianapolis will bring them peace and security.
Exodus resettles over 700 refugees a year with the largest resettled refugee group being from Burma. Additionally, Exodus has recently resettled refugees from Bhutan, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, and Sudan.
To make resettlement in the U.S. a successful transition, facilitating refugee clients towards self-sufficiency is at the core of Exodus’ resettlement programs. Exodus offers employment and self-sufficiency services through a matching grant program. Employment services provide employment specialists who develop individualized, job-based resettlement plans from the refugee's employment history, educational background, language skills, and interests. These specialists assist clients to build interview skills, write resumes, learn job search strategies, find transportation options, and finally, secure full-time employment that will lead to self-sufficiency. Furthermore, Exodus offers employment training classes that allow refugee clients to build job skills and prepare for work in the U.S. Exodus also provides case management to assist refugees to navigate various U.S. systems and to remove barriers toward sustaining permanent employment. Additionally, Exodus educates area businesses on the value of hiring refugees and maintains an extensive network of business contacts in the community. Currently, there is an 89% job placement rate for clients at the end of their 180th day in the U.S.
Exodus also provides vital English language training. Exodus’ Language, Cultural Orientation, and Readiness for Employment (LCORE) classes are crucial for a refugee’s successful integration and employability. The LCORE curriculum is specifically designed to aid refugee newcomers in gaining practical language skills while also learning valuable cultural orientation information.
Thousands of refugees living in Indiana today have benefited from Exodus’ employment and self-sufficiency services. Furthermore, the benefits of these services extend to creating stable, safe, prosperous environments for the children of employed refugee parents.