The Havenly Fellowship
Helping refugee and immigrant women find a job and community
In the United States
of refugee and immigrant women are unemployed
of refugee households make a living wage
of refugees attend a job training program
Our founder, Nieda, ran three food businesses in Iraq and has a degree in business management, but in New Haven, she struggled to find a job and ended up working for $8/hour at a cigarette rolling factory.
With such a busy job and seven children, Nieda never got the opportunity to attend the English classes and education she needed to get a better job.
Like Nieda, refugees resettled to the US are expected to find a job and get off cash assistance in 90 days.
For most, and women with limited education especially, that is not enough enough time to learn English and get the education needed to get a good job. As a result, most refugee and immigrant women accept a survival job - dead end jobs or work opportunities that leave no time for education, personal improvement or civic engagement.
4 out of 5 refugees who accept a survival job are still in them five years later.
refugee and immigrant women trained and graduated
of graduates secured a job
average starting salary of graduates
HAVENLY COMBINES WORK EXPERIENCE WITH EDUCATION to help refugee and immigrant women make their future and community a priority
JOB READINESS TRAINING
CIVIC AND POLITICAL EDUCATION