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Employment

Programs providing assistance to immigrants and refugees in finding employment and/or that deal with employment issues.

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Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division

BPS Adult Education Division provides organized and sequential High School Equivalency Diploma classes, adult literacy, community education, and career and technical education programs that are relevant for all adult students. The Division ensures that adult education is accessible to students seeking alternative career pathways and lifelong learning opportunities.

Address

389 Virginia St.
Buffalo, NY  14201

Contact

Lester Leopold, Director of Adult and Continuing Education
(716) 888-7088 x119

Language Services Available

Eligibility

Adult WNY residents 17 years and older

Cost

Literacy classes are free.  Fees may apply to other courses and program.

Hours

By appointment or walk-in

Burmese Community Case Management

Burmese Community Services, Inc.

Provides case management (school registration, SNAP, Medicaid, DSS, & Home Energy Assistance Program) and referrals for the Burmese community in Buffalo.

Address

81 Albany St.
Buffalo, NY 14213

Contact

Steven Sanyu
(716) 308-4338

Cost

Free

Hours

By appointment

Enforcement

US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Enforces employment discrimination laws based on protected bases.

Address

6 Fountain Plaza, Suite 350
Buffalo, NY 14202

Contact

John E. Thompson, Jr., Director
(716) 551-5287

Spanish Bilingual Staff

Language Services Available For Other Languages

Eligibility

Any individual who believes he or she was or is victim to employment discrimination.

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Friday 
9:00 a.m.  - 3:00 p.m.
By appoinment or walk-in 

Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities provides refugee resettlement services to agency sponsored refugees and employment and ESL classes to refugees in the country less than 5 years. Immigration services are open to all.

Address

20 Herkimer St.
Buffalo, NY 14213

Language Services Available

Eligibility

Employment services and ESL classes are provided for refugees. Legal services are open to all.

Cost

Sliding-scale for legal services

Hours

Monday - Friday
8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Resettlement Program (JERS)

Journey's End Refugee Services

Journey's End resettlement program provides resettlement services, including housing, community orientation, managed referrals for medical, employment, and education services for refugees.

Address

2495 Main St., Suite 317
Buffalo, NY 14214

Contact

Meghann Perry
(716) 882-4963

Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Chin (Tedim, Zo, Zomi), Dari, Farsi, French, Hindi, Karen, Karenni, Kiswahili, Kinyarwanda, Kurdish, Lingala, Nepali, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Tigrinya Bilingual Staff

Language Services Available For Other Languages

Eligibility

Low-income refugees and immigrants

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Friday
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

By appointment or walk-in

Refugee Resettlement and Employment Services (IIB)

International Institute of Buffalo

IIB provides comprehensive resettlement, employment and advocacy services to refugees living in the WNY area. Intensive case management is provided to new arrivals and employment services are available to refugees who have been in the U.S. for up to 5 years.

Address

864 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14209 

Contact

Denise Phillips Beehag
(716) 883-1900

Arabic, Burmese, French and Spanish Bilingual Staff

Language Service Available For Other Languages

Eligibility

Refugees

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
By appointment

Refugee Resettlement (JFS)

Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County

JFS support includes facilitating refugee entrance into the U.S., providing housing, food and clothing. JFS also provides employment services and ESL training; secure health care and other social support services; public school enrollment, and general mental and behavioral health suport.

Address

70 Barker St.
Buffalo, NY 14209

Contact

Apple Domingo

Arabic and Somali Bilingual Staff

Language Services Available For Other Languages

Eligibility

Refugees

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
By appointment only

Small Business Development Program

Westminster Economic Development Initiative

WEDI’s Small Business Development program offers assistance to both existing and potential small business owners in the area. Our services include mentoring, micro-financing and microenterprise incubation. Working together with our partners, we provide a range of service from basic financial literacy to specialized retail training. We also host workshops with interpreters, and address cultural differences in business practices to alleviate language barriers.

Address

436 Grant St.
Buffalo, NY 14213

Contact

Bart Eskind
716-376-0071

Kinyarwanda, French, German, Russian, and Spanish Bilingual Staff

Eligibility

Open to all

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
By appointment or walk-in 

The WASH Project

As a mixed use laundromat, WASH also functions as a neighborhood access point for arts, literacy, and critical human services including translation, citizenship, legal council, home finding, and job placement for our steadily growing Burmese refugee community.

Address

417 Massachusetts Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14213

Contact

Zaw Win
(716) 544-1172

Burmese and Thai Bilingual Staff

Eligibility

Open to all 

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Sunday
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Walk-in only

Western New York Center for Survivors of Torture

Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County

WNY Center for Survivors serves survivors of refugee trauma and political and state sponsored torture living in Western New York, through an intensive case management and strength based client centered model.

Address

70 Barker St.
Buffalo, NY 14209

Contact

Pamela Kefi, Director of Program Development and Integration
(716) 883-1914 x306

Language Services Available

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
By appointment