Accelerated Employment Program

The Accelerated Employment Program helps newly arrived refugees, asylees, survivors of trafficking, and Cuban and Haitian immigrants attain economic self-sufficiency within 4 months of arrival in the United States without accessing public assistance. We help eligible clients find quality job opportunities within the local community. Each client initially receives modest maintenance and cash assistance incentives to help them locate affordable housing and begin their new lives in Minnesota. In return, clients agree to participate and attend program workshops to develop the skills necessary to finding long-term employment in the United States.

Support Services for Clients:

  • Employment services including employment counseling, resume writing, job placement and skill building
  • Temporary housing and cash assistance
  • Case management and referrals
  • On site English language classes
  • Health and medical services
  • Social adjustment services including counseling, interpretation and acculturation programs

Prospective Clients:
Newly arrived refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian immigrants and victims of trafficking are eligible to participate in the Accelerated Employment Program. Participants in the Accelerated Employment Program must be highly motivated to work and be open to working any job.

Please Note: Clients wanting to apply for the Accelerated Employment Program MUST apply within 30 days of the date that they were granted asylum or arrived in the United States as refugees.

For more information or to enroll, contact Mark Kelly at 651-647-0191 x 342 or

This program is funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement as part of its Matching Grant Program.