Multicultural Services provides immigrants with the skills and services they need to achieve financial independence.
Pictured above is Miguel Rodriguez, receiving his check from Judy Tiell, Executive Director of JFCS. Miguel got a loan to start his photography business.
For more information on getting a loan for your small business, contact Griffin Cottle at (502) 452-6341 ext. 360.
Career Planning Workshops for Refugees
A 6-session career planning workshop. Participants will explore their general field of interest and learn about opportunities in their field. They will select a career goal and develop a career plan.
Career Search Seminars for Refugees
A 6-session career search workshop. Participants will learn and practice skills related to career search. Includes how to prepare an effective resume and effective interview techniques.
What is The Career Academy?
The Career Academy is a career development program geared specifically to the needs of Louisville’s refugee population. The mission of the Career Academy is to assist refugees in obtaining self-sufficiency through adequate employment. Together with a Career Specialist, clients work not only towards getting a good job but also achieving a satisfying career. All services are offered free of charge and some small vocational scholarships are available, such as:
• The Career Planning Workshop
• The Career Search Workshop
• Healthcare ESL for Cuban/Haitian Medical Professionals
• Skills Development Assistance
• Industry Insights
• Re-Credentialing Advisement
Career Academy staff will assist you in exploring whether you are eligible for financial assistance to pay for the job training you need. These services are available to all ages. Staff of the Career Academy can help you develop your skills and complete your job training. You will have the ability to find a job related to your career plan – the job you want.
To be eligible for the Career Academy, you must be recently arrived (in the US less than five years), low-income, and have basic English-speaking abilities. For more information, please contact Kathryn Bentley at (502) 452-6341 ext. 229.
Learn to manage your money and achieve financial goals for you and your family
The JFCS financial Independence program provides information you need to succeed in the U.S. financial system. Classes will help you understand the U.S. banking system and how it can work for you. You can learn
- How to invest your money and make it grow
- How to use credit wisely
- How to avoid schemes aimed at cheating you and taking your money away from you
- How to plan for your future
Special classes are offered to help you learn how you can afford to buy a home.
Through the companion Refugee Savings Program, eligible refugees in low-income families can save their own money and receive up to $4,000 more dollars from the U.S. government. (If you don’t qualify for this refugee program you may be referred to similar programs in the community.)
For more information about these programs or other needs you may have, contact Bob Tiell at (502) 452-6341 ext. 230.
JFCS is proud to have earned the support of many prestigious corporations, government agencies, foundations and individuals who recognize the value and importance of Multicultural Services’ efforts to provide immigrants with the tools and skills they need to develop assets in the form of financial, human, and social capital. Funders include the US Department of Health & Human Services ACF Office of Refugee Resettlement, the US Small Business Administration, Chase Bank, and the Greater Louisville International Professionals.