Start Your Career in Healthcare with ReWA

Commencing in February, a gathering of immigrants and refugees will take place for ReWA’s eight-week Home Care Aide (HCA) training program. Within this diverse assembly are individuals with prior experience in healthcare roles in their native countries. Despite facing challenges like conflict, homelessness, and the pursuit of an improved life, they unite with a shared objective: acquiring new skills to secure employment and provide support for their families.

The program incorporates hands-on training sessions, enabling participants to acquire essential skills for HCA certification. This practical approach, essential for obtaining the certificate, opens pathways to employment and independence, fostering stability for the families supported by the organization.

Our comprehensive eight-week HCA training program includes job readiness classes, review sessions, exam preparation, and employment assistance. Recognizing and addressing barriers like transportation, childcare, and job interviews, ReWA empowers students to overcome these challenges. About twenty percent of HCA training graduates utilize their certification to care for family members.

To enhance job success, our students can work for up to 200 days before certification, offering a unique opportunity to balance study and work while reaping the benefits of their training. The entry-level home care aide positions prove to be an ideal fit, allowing individuals to enhance their English proficiency and gain valuable experience in American work culture.

Furthermore, in collaboration with Renton Technical College, ReWA provides additional training opportunities for those aspiring to enter higher-paying medical positions such as pharmacy technicians and medical assistants. This partnership underscores ReWA’s commitment to expanding educational avenues for its students.

If you are interested in joining our upcoming HCA certification program, please contact Salwa at salwa@rewa.org or (206) 551-1272. Eligibility criteria include an interest in the healthcare field, refugee or immigrant status, and an ESL level of 3 or higher.

Benefits: ✨ Free 75-hour HCA training ✨ HCA jobs starting at $19/hour or more ✨ Assistance with HCA certification and exam application ✨ ReWA covers all or part of the application fee (usually $237) ✨ Resume assistance ✨ Interview preparation

Finding Home

 

Seven years ago, Seng and Brang came to the United States as refugees from Myanmar.  Brang found a minimum-wage job in manufacturing while Seng stayed home with their children. But despite their hard work, they were nearing financial collapse. Rent consumed 70% of their income and an auto loan and credit card payments had this young family careening towards a financial cliff.

 At first Seng tried to find a job outside the home, but it was difficult with a baby. The final straw was when she suffered a car accident and was blamed for it because of her low level of English.

 At ReWA they met Zau, a case manager who speaks their native dialect and helped them create a plan to get back on track. “First, I found them a lawyer for the car accident case. Then, I helped them apply for a Habitat for Humanity home, while they attended financial literacy classes. They learned budgeting and strategies to avoid predatory lenders.”

Within 12 months, Seng and Brang had a new home in Federal Way with an affordable mortgage. Zau also coached Brang to negotiate a pay raise at work and connected Seng with a training program to help her launch a new sushi franchise business. And lastly, the lawyer called: Seng won the auto accident case and would be compensated for her injuries and damage to her car.

Thanks to the support of individual donors like you, ReWA’s multi-lingual staff in SeaTac, Kent and South Seattle help immigrants and refugees from Asia, Central America, Africa, and the Middle East to integrate into a new culture and economy. Our clients come to learn English, receive employment and housing assistance, behavioral health counseling, after-school youth programs, early childhood education, and more. Our emphasis on helping clients get the education and training they need to advance in new careers mean they have the tools to grow and support their families long term.

Please support ReWA today.