The things I thought about during my bank search

Do you need to open a bank account? How do you choose which bank? Read one refugee’s experience of how he did his bank search.  How do I choose a bank? Should I trust banks with my money? These are questions I asked myself repeatedly. I was doing a bank search after I had been … Read more

Moving into a new house

Before moving into a new house, it is important to know your rights. You need to learn where to look and decide what is most important to you. We all dream of a clean, safe, and comfortable home to live in. I recall my search for a home back in 2010. I applied for many … Read more

The cultural differences of getting settled in the US

Cultural sensitivity and shock are common when first coming to this country. Most newcomers go through many stages of adjustment before becoming comfortable in their new home. If you ask two people to define the term “getting settled,” they will most likely give you two different answers, and that is a normal response. Both answers … Read more

The importance of job skills training

There is no doubt that job skills training is important for job advancement. Learn how on-the-job training, licensing, and volunteering can help you with your career.  When I arrived in the US, I applied unsuccessfully to many jobs. My issue was not the lack of skills, but my inability to present my skills to the … Read more

Know Your Rights: how to interact with law enforcement

Law enforcement officers are there to protect you, your family, and the community at large. Learn how to talk to a police officer. Often refugees and immigrants come from countries where government officials abuse their power; thus people fear them and often avoid any interactions with them.  I remember the first time the police stopped … Read more

Parenting in America: A guide for refugee and immigrant parents

Are you a refugee or immigrant parent in America? Learn from other refugee and immigrant parents about parenting in America. In many cultures, the mother and the older daughters are responsible for the chores inside the house and boys help their father on the farm and with outdoor activities, but life dynamics are little different in … Read more

The role of parents in kids education

Early childhood education: What is your role as a parent in your child’s education? One day my mother told me that my grandmother gathered all six of her children around her every night as she monitored them in schools and at home while completing their homework. She directed the older siblings to help their younger … Read more