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Taghreed: Redefining the Meaning of Homework

Dynotag 3“Ellie, would any of your job seekers at World Relief be interested in packaging for Dynotag?”

When Mary Jochum, Director of Business Development for Dynotag, a local technology start-up, asked me about this possibility, a flood of job seekers came to mind. In-home, part-time work is an ideal option for some World Relief job seekers. If one spouse has a job, a family has young children at home, or a job seeker has physical limitations, performing light work at home can be an ideal option for building work experience and earning supplementary income.

Our Employment Team identified four qualified candidates and took them to the Dynotag offices for interviews. Two were selected and began working part-time in the Bellevue office, packaging various Dynotag Smart Tag products. After a few weeks, the new employees were up to speed and began taking the packaging work home.

Dynotag 2Here’s what Murat Divringi, founder and CEO of Dynotag, says about one of their new employees, Taghreed: “Taghreed has been most efficient with all the assembly work we have sent her way – and did not hesitate to take initiative to resolve problems herself in order to keep the process going.  Her good communications, quick ramp-up with new tasks and positive attitude makes her a valuable asset for any organization.”

Dynotag 4Additionally, he commented on how the World Relief Employment Program has benefitted their company: “We love working with World Relief. The Employment Specialists are good listeners and quickly lined up a group of excellent candidates for the product assembly work we had. The workers we engaged are attentive and hard working. It has been a very positive experience for our growing company to work with WR referred personnel. It makes business sense for us and we feel good helping new residents build their work skills as they become productive members of society. We look forward to working more with WR as our company scales up.”

DynotagOnce again, it’s a win-win for the World Relief Employment Program. While newly-arrived refugee job seekers gain experience and earn income, a local employer gains excellent employees.

Thank you, Dynotag, for your continued support of World Relief Seattle!

Learn about Dynotag at http://dynotag.com – and check out their product line assembled by WR workers at their online store at http://store.dynotag.com.

For more information about hiring refugees in the Seattle area like Taghreed, go to worldreliefseattle.org/employarefugee/.

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Officer of the Month

Wasi

Wasi Abdul Sultani arrived to SeaTac International Airport in August of 2012. One of our caseworkers picked him up and took his family of 5 to their new apartment (and new life) in Kent. Like many of our clients, much of their transition has been quite the paradox – a combination of joyful moments and difficult challenges that only they can describe.

In January, Wasi interviewed for a Security Officer position with Star Protection Agency in Seattle. We didn’t hear anything for a few weeks, so our employment team started to look into other options. It turned out that the company went with another, more qualified candidate for that position.

A couple week later, Wasi was featured in a story by KIRO Radio’s Rachel Belle. He was volunteering as an interpreter for a newer family from Iran. On the show, World Relief was trying to promote our Refugee Project – a simulation program that aims to raise awareness about refugees in our community.

Here are some highlights from the actual article:

These people are living among us, they’re passing us on the streets, they’re shopping beside us; but we don’t know their stories. We don’t know that Wasi speaks 5 languages. That he held a high status job in Afghanistan but can’t find a job in his field here. “If I’m going to go to work in a restaurant and wash the dishes because of my children, I can force myself to do that,” Wasi says. “But that’s not a job that I want.”

Little did we know, the hiring managers at Star Protection heard Wasi’s story on the radio. I’m not sure how much this actually affected their final decision, but I’m sure it didn’t hurt. Two weeks later, Wasi was called in for a second interview and he was hired shortly thereafter.

In April, Wasi was recognized as Star Protection’s Officer of the Month. It’s certainly no surprise to us.

Congratulations, Wasi. Your story continues to inspire us.

Employment Highlight: Baudha

Written by: Ellie McDermott, Photography by: O’Malley Photographers

If someone is given a dirty plate or cup, they won’t want to come back and eat at our café, Baudha explains.

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Baudha certainly seems to understand the importance of his dishwashing job at the Essential Baking Company in Madison Park. He knows that if he doesn’t do his job well, customers won’t be happy, business will slow down, and there will be less hours for him and his coworkers to work. So he works quickly and thoroughly, offering to help his coworkers when he has finished his dishwashing tasks.

According to his manager, Tabitha Bates, Baudha is the type of employee that every manager hopes to have on their staff. He greets everyone with a smile and looks as if he is constantly enjoying his job. He is positive, punctual, hardworking, and is an asset to their team.
Not only does Baudha bring positivity and a strong work ethic, he has adopted a system to ensure that he does his job well throughout the day. Instead of washing a whole stack of plates at once, he’ll wash a few plates, a few bowls, a few cups, and so on. He’s learned that this method allows him to always have clean dishes available for the café patrons.

Tabitha further explains that having Baudha on their staff has been a wonderful learning experience for everyone on their staff. Baduha brings diversity, as well as opportunities for staff members to find creative ways to communicate, such as visually showing him how to complete a task instead of just explaining it to him. She says it’s a neat experience to see her staff making cross-cultural connections.O'Malley_Photographers-006

The Essential Baking Company is very busy, Tabitha explains, so she appreciates that she can utilize the services of the World Relief Employment Program when she has any questions or needs help communicating with Baudha. Additionally, she says that World Relief is a great resource for referrals for open positions.

Baudha hopes to stay with the Essential Baking Company for a long time, and continue to learn about how to do other tasks in the kitchen. In order to continually learn on-the-job, Baudha helps out in the prep area when possible, and is learning the names of American foods the use at the café. With his positive attitude and initiative, Baudha has a recipe for success!