Sparrow Furniture in Oregon gives refugees jobs, help adjusting to American life

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In the last two and a half years, about 230 refugees have resettled in Salem, fleeing violence and persecution around the world.

Five refugees make up the current workforce of Sparrow Furniture, a new socially conscious business in Salem.

Sparrow employees work about 30 hours a week, with an hour of English classes four days a week. They receive mentorship on resume writing, interview skills and financial literacy, as well as soft skills like understanding American work culture.

The goal is to help refugees in Oregon’s capital be successful sooner.

The Statesman Journal explored how the business came to be and the stories behind the refugees who make it.

Read and watch here.

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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