Holistic development is sustained through education.
Education is another critical element for refugees wanting to build a new life. A job with Global Neighborhood is a vital step; our hope is that it is the first of many steps towards success. However, without English, a driver’s license, computer skills, and a degree of some kind, a person will have a hard time succeeding in America. Global Neighborhood's job training program is designed to not only educate employees for their current work, but to prepare them for the continued career path they desire. We also structure all of our shifts around ESL classes, provide monthly bonuses to employees who attend class regularly, assist with driver’s education and computer skills training, and work with each individual to set goals for ongoing learning.
Empowerment leads to long term holistic development.
Meeting the needs of those we serve is of great importance to Global Neighborhood, but of equal importance is giving someone the knowledge and resources they need to meet their own needs. We focus on providing access, opportunities, tools, encouragement, advice, and support rather than charity. Our mission is to offer opportunities for holistic development to former-refugees, but only if they believe in their own power to continue growing, have we accomplished this goal.
We have much to learn from those we serve.
As an organization that seeks to listen well, learning opportunities are bound to follow. Each part of our work is a learning process for us - both collectively and individually. Some lessons are spoken and others are seen in each day's ordinary tasks, but there is always much to learn from the tenacious people we do life with. Our hope is that as we learn, we will continue to listen for ways we can better ourselves, and better serve former refugees in Spokane.