ACCELERATED EMPLOYMENT & STABILITY THROUGH CASE MANAGEMENT

IILA is a provider of the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement’s (ORR) Matching Grant (MG) Program.  Through MG, IILA supports refugees, asylees, and other vulnerable newcomers in becoming stably employed and financially self-sufficient in a brand-new country. 

The program provides a monthly rental allowance that helps clients to pay their rent and basic expenses for several months.  At the same time, clients receive personalized help and coaching from an Employment Case Manager as they take their first steps into the American workforce.  

IILA’s MG Case Managers address a wide variety of needs, including job development and placement, enrollment in English classes, and assistance with transportation. 

Through MG, many IILA clients find stable employment and become financially self-sufficient within 6 months of their arrival in the US. The program empowers clients to build their lives and increase their earning potential immediately, without relying on public benefits. 

Former MG client Ajmal Rezai (left) at work for IILA’s Afghan Legal Representation Project.

WHAT IS THE “MATCH” OF MATCHING GRANT? 

As an MG provider, IILA is responsible for gathering funds and in-kind donations of goods and services to “match” a portion of what is provided by ORR per MG client (at least $1 for every $2).  This “match” helps facilitate the partnership between ORR, resettlement agencies, and the wider community in assisting new arrivals.  

Volunteer time assisting MG clients in key service areas can count as in-kind donations towards the “match”. If you are a volunteer working with an MG client or are otherwise supporting the program, please follow the instructions of IILA’s MG Team for documenting your assistance.  For help or more information, please contact the team at [email protected].  

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