In 2016, 151 job placements for refugees resulted in over $1,200,000 in additional income for refugee families.
We've also saved 101 refugees $80,000 in immigration filing fees and helped refugees acquire green cards, become US citizens, and united families separated by conflict.
Nations Academy, our after-school and summer reading program, serves refugee children by providing homework help, individualized internet-based reading tutoring, summer reading intensives, and enrichment activities. In 2016, on average, each child improved 9 (out of 18 reading levels) Lexia levels and 58% improved their English grade--all an amazing achievement for children who have so much to overcome and are learning English for the first time! Click here to learn more about how we use Lexia. 189 volunteers gave 3,589 hours in helping refugees rebuild their lives.
Nirmala, a refugee from Nepal and pictured on the right, came to the United States with her four children in 2010. She lives with her adult son who works full-time at a large hotel for $8.00 per hour. Nirmala needed help applying for a job to help her son pay for their house, but she doesn’t have a driver’s license. The nearest bus stop to her home is nearly two miles away. She knew a friend who worked at a tomato packing company that would help her get to work, if only she could go apply there on her own. Nations Ministry knows the human resources manager at the company, and thanks to our new van, we were able to take Nirmala to apply for the job.
One day, the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) at Room in the Inn, a local homeless ministry, called us and asked for help with Ysahak, a homeless immigrant from Ethiopia. The YAV at Room in the Inn contacted the YAV at Nations Ministry, who then talked to our Job Coach about helping him get a job. Ysahak had just lost his home and had no friends or family support in Nashville. Because he didn’t have a phone at the time, we had to pick him up by making an appointment through the YAV. We were unable to describe what our personal vehicles looked like to him, so when we pulled up in our van with two big Nations Ministry logos on it, he knew what he was looking for. We took him in the van to help him apply for a job with Aramark, the food service company contracted for Tennessee State University. Now Ysahak earns about $1300 per month as a dishwasher.
A Vanderbilt nurse, who volunteers regularly at Nations Ministry
•What she gets:$250 to give to the Nations Ministry that trained and placed more than 121 refugee individuals in local jobs this year.
"Nations Ministry helps others help themselves," said Crumbo, who said the people who enrolled in Nations Ministry programs are refugees who immigrated to the U.S. via legal programs to flee war, genocide, famine and religious persecution.
"Many have made their way from impoverished African and Middle Eastern countries and are working hard for new lives in Nashville-area communities," said Crumbo, who said most of the clients come here with little or nothing and are eager to learn skills and trades to support their families.
"The simple math is $1 to Nations Ministry seems to bring at least a three-fold return to the community. $500 would mean $1,500 or more. And that's just the financial return on investment in the short run," said Crumbo, who explained that the clients who have come through the program collectively earn more than $1 million to support themselves and their families."
It is a "remarkable return on investment for a budget of less than $300,000 per year! Self-sufficiency with employment is critical to the success of Nations clients and ultimately their families. Whether the money was used for employment training, to help pay for a job application/exam fee or to support the salary of someone who helps them find a job, it is a good investment," Crumbo said of the ministry that also has daily after-school programs for the children in these families. "The uplift for the human spirit is immeasurable for the long run."
•How you can help: Donate office supplies, basic non-electric cooking and kitchen items, school supplies for the afterschool program, and new and used interview clothes for men and women in small and medium sizes. They would also like juice boxes and snacks for the afterschool program. Contact: Nations is at 4710 Charlotte Ave. 615-828-9664.