Hsar is a Karen refugee who began his American work experience at Tyson Foods.  Though he made enough money there to support his family of wife and three children, his body was suffering from the hard working conditions and long hours and lengthy commute.  With his limited English and experience, Hsar was unsure how to improve his employment.  He came to Nations Ministry Center in August of 2017 asking for our help in finding a new job.

NMC assisted Hsar Lah in applying and interviewing for a job with Kasai, a local supplier to Nissan.  Hsar began working at Kasai as a Hamilton -Ryker Staffing employee in October 2017 and his commute time was immediately reduced from one hour to ten minutes driving time. Hsar now had more time to spend with his family and though his hourly wage was less than his salary at Tyson Foods, NMC staff encouraged him to work through the 90 probationary period and he would be rewarded with both a higher salary and benefits.  Hsar was grateful for the chance to prove himself in his new job and prepared for his future by studying for his driver’s license and saving for his first car.

On January 7, 2018, Hsar became a Kasai employee with benefits and a greatly increased salary, now making more than he ever did at Tyson Foods, with a short commute.  With some guidance from his employment specialist, Hsar bought his first car and five months after walking through Nations Ministry Center doors, he is making more money in a job he enjoys, has his driving permit, and now a car.  At the start of 2018, Hsar and his family see a brighter future ahead.

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.