What was your employment situation like when you first came to Charlotte?
Mrs. J: “So… one of the things that the Catholic Charity helps, and… actually every organization in the United States—every agency—they have to find jobs because we don’t have [any] relatives, no network. No one can hire somebody who doesn’t know anything. We don’t have job history. So they usually find jobs in this…
Luna: “Recruiter companies or something like that.”
Mrs. J: “Yeah. But for me, especially, it was [a] different story… I went to the… ESL classes [which] was in this church. And that church, there is… classes and there is a daycare. I took my son. The director told me I can put him there free because this is… a charity for the church. So I [attend ESL classes] for two, three days… Then the director asked me if I can work there. She said, “We need somebody to open this.” And from [then], I liked the job and I [am] still a teacher. I went back to school, but I’m a teacher now for—for children, like a preschool teacher. But usually most of them—90% of them, the Catholic Charity find something for them in the factories, in the warehouse, until they can…”
Luna: “Manage on their own.”Refugee Reception →