Jaime Turek, Senior Reception and Placement Program Coordinator at the Northern Area Multi-Services Center, joined us to discuss resources for immigrants and refugees in Pittsburgh. She describes the logistics brefugee placement, her personal stories of meeting new families, and the upcoming Immigrant & Refugee Health and Wellness Resource Fair.
Jaime is currently the Senior Reception and Placement Program Coordinator at the Northern Area Multi-Service Center (NAMSC). She manages and coordinates the Reception and Placement program for all newly arrived refugees who are resettled through the agency, including assuring that these clients receive adequate and intensive case management from staff for the first three to six months that they are in the country. She has a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in International Development and has also previously held positions at the Project to End Human Trafficking.
What is NAMSC?
NAMS (the Northern Area Multi Service Center) provides a range of community service programs throughout the Pittsburgh region in partnership with other area organizations, including state and local government. Together, these groups help senior citizens, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and refugees build and maintain their independence and an improved quality of life.
Each year families and individuals from all parts of the world, who have fled their homes in fear of persecution, call Pittsburgh their home. As the largest resettlement program in Pittsburgh, CARR welcomes and assists these refugees as they arrive and resettle in our city. With the support of the U.S. Department of State’s Reception and Placement (R&P) Program and the United State Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) we provide newly arrived refugees with the basic services and support they need to rebuild their lives. Basic services include, but are not limited to: Decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing, Essential furnishings, Assistance in applying for social security cards, Assistance in registering children in school & adults in English classes, Transportation to job interviews and job training, Assistance in obtaining health screening and mental health services, Obtaining employment services, Airport pickup, Cultural Orientation classes.
Save the Date – 3rd Annual Immigrant and Refugee Health and Wellness Resource Fair, May 12, 2018: https://www.facebook.com/events/2043353999267616/