The FIRM Employment Program focuses on providing culturally sensitive employment services to the refugee population of Fresno County. Clients are primarily referred by Employment & Temporary Assistance, however there are many who walk-in for services. Clients may obtain services Monday – Friday, from 8:30 to 5:00, appointments are preferred. Email or call (487-1500) for an appointment.
Employment services are provided to refugees [and former refugees] in receipt of CalWORKs, and or Refugee Cash Assistance, both cash assistance programs. These services are designed to assist participants in achieving or sustaining financial self-reliance, and to address multiple employment barriers when needed. Services offered include employment appraisals, intensive case management, job development, and specialized employment strategies to meet the unique needs of this population. Refugees with more than five years of residence in the U.S. are eligible for employment advocacy services only. Fresno Adult School also provides educational services on site, where clients learn English as a Second Language and Vocational ESL to help learn the language of work.
Services they provide include but are not limited to: Assessment, Case Management, Referral to Community Services, Resume, Interview Skills, Job Applications, Job Search/assisted/unassisted/online, Labor Market Information, Job Behaviors, On the Job Training, Job Development & Placement Services, Follow up on the job for 30, 90, up to 6 months for job retention, ESL, VESL, and other related employment activities.
The Employment Program works in close partnership with community based organizations able to provide specialized Refugee services. These organizations include Fresno Center for New Americans, Khmer Society, other internal FIRM programs and Lao Family Community. These collaborations have proven successful in assisting families in meeting their goal of self-reliance. FIRM also uses a number of other community services as the need arises. FIRM job development staff have successfully worked with a number of employers that hire refugees, including: Rain Creek Baking Company, ARAMARK, Cargill Packing, London Properties, Broadway Knitting Mills, Ranchwood Apartments, Foster Farms, Table Mountain Casino, Chukchansi Resort & Casino, Carrols’s Tire Warehouse, King Buffet, Marie Calendar Pie Shop & Restaurant and many others.
To get more information or services contact Paula Cha, Employment Program Director.