LAS VEGAS, USA
REFUGEE SERVICES COORDINATOR
Serve 1+ years starting in the fall of 2018!
Location: Las Vegas, USA
Start date: Fall 2018
Length of service: 1+ years
Number of mission workers needed: 1
Application deadline: April 1, 2018
Serve African refugees in a major-metropolitan community in the United States by coordinating volunteers, resources, and service opportunities with local WELS/ELS churches. Mentor refugees in developing basic life skills like cooking, applying for jobs, financial management, etc. Create community-building activities several times a year. Provide support and guidance for First Friend volunteers as they build relationships and show Jesus' love to the newest members of the Las Vegas community.
Kingdom Workers is collaborating with a local refugee resettlement agency in Las Vegas to provide support, guidance, and friendship to African refugees. Local WELS/ELS members serve as First Friends volunteers, and we are seeking a program coordinator to join in their outreach efforts.
What is a First Friend? First Friends volunteers are matched with a refugee family to serve as a guide or mentor. They assist their clients by helping them get acquainted with American culture, practice English, look for jobs, and become functional in their new community. First Friends commit to working with a refugee family for an initial period of three months.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: As the Refugee Services Coordinator, you will work closely with area WELS/ELS congregations and the federal refugee agency. Together, you will identify and serve refugee families in need who are newly-arrived or have been in the US a longer period of time. First Friends volunteers will provide mentoring, skills development, community building, and other assistance as applicable.
You will also collaborate with the Kingdom Workers Program Manager on how best to incorporate strong spiritual support for volunteers and families served. This may require sourcing or developing devotional resources, as well as gathering feedback from volunteer teams on how KW staff can better support the volunteer teams. Since refugee culture is very relational, you will need to recognize the importance of developing and maintaining strong relationships and be willing to prioritize relationship building over to-do lists.
Outline of Responsibilities:
- Engage with refugee families as a First Friend
- Coordinate recruitment, orientation, on-going training and support of First Friend volunteers from area WELS/ELS congregations.
- Assist congregation(s) with follow up, refugee support services, and training opportunities
- Organize 2-3 community building events annually
- Advocate for refugee services as a community-wide outreach opportunity
The refugee services program includes, but is not limited to: one-one refugee assimilation assistance, regular follow-up and on-going relationship building, training opportunities for volunteers, training opportunities for refugee families, community building events, and other assistance as needed.
Must be a member in good standing of a church associated with the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference (ie WELS, ELS)
A passion for reaching the lost; a commitment to outreach and good stewardship.
A spirit of listening and respect in the presence of others
Consider community service outreach as a privilege in building God’s Kingdom.
Interest in cross-cultural outreach and ministry, strong cultural intelligence
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with open and honest communication
Ability to remain positive and be flexible when experiencing unexpected situations
Proficient use of technology and able to learn new technology as needed.
Familiarity with French or Swahili.
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