With your support, refugees like Tarek are empowered to improve their lives and become self-reliant.
Before coming to Chicago, Tarek worked as an industrial tailor in his home country of Syria. As the conflict escalated, he and his family were forced to flee their home, taking only the possessions they could carry—and the skills Tarek had honed over the years.
Upon his arrival in February, Tarek enrolled in RefugeeOne’s English classes and quickly advanced through the first two levels. He worked diligently with our staff and his volunteer co-sponsors, The Hyde Park Refugee Project, to create a resume, practice for interviews, and begin searching for a job, preferably in his previous line of work.
Recently, Tarek’s hard work paid off when he was hired as a tailor at Chicago’s Dearborn Denim & Apparel, an employer that has hired several refugees resettled by RefugeeOne.
Thanks to his dedication and the help of people like you, Tarek is now employed full-time, making $13 an hour. He is thrilled to be working as a tailor once again and proud to be able to support his family.
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Story written by RefugeeOne and reprinted here with their permission.