Through RochesterWorks! RHR provides vocational training for refugee students in the form of sewing and cooking classes, cleaning and facility maintenance training, resume writing, and job searching.

Following RHR’s mission of creating self-sufficient refugee individuals, these training opportunities are a constructive requirement for earning government benefits because they will ultimately prepare refugees to enter the workforce, many even opening their own businesses.

On Monday and Wednesday afternoons, RHR invites speakers to present on health, education, social services, and even history for students as they settle into Rochester. The Speakers Bureau creates connections with agencies throughout the Rochester area get the opportunity to address an underserved population and gain experience working with people who do not speak English as their first language. Popular topics are smoking cessation, emergency service resources, and how to get involved in your child’s education presented on by Highland Hospital medical professionals and Rochester City School District employees. By attending these classes, training, and presentations our students build skills valuable for future employment and a self-sufficient life in the U.S.

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