Perdue supports refugee training center

Contributed photo Perdue associates in Rockingham present a $10,000 Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant to World Relief High Point representatives during an open house for the new World Relief training facility in High Point. From left are Perdue associate Wayne Osborne, World Relief representatives Jennifer Foy, Kara Kebu, Dhan Gurung and Andrew Timbie and Perdue associate Lesley King.

HIGH POINT — World Relief High Point recently opened a new facility to train refugees on job skills better suited to meet the needs of local employers. The facility was made possible, in part, through a $10,000 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.

“The new facility expands our ability to serve and the partnership with Perdue and the funding support through the foundation helps makes this possible,” said Jennifer Foy, refugee services director at World Relief High Point.

With contributions from the state of North Carolina and the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the training facility opened in May with four sewing machines, a classroom with a projector and a computer training station. This training facility is open to community volunteers who want to help refugees integrate into the local community and workforce, and also allows local employers to tailor their training to refugees through the assistance of World Relief.

“World Relief High Point is helping to educate our communities newest residents in the ways of America and to prepare them for the work force in their new home country,” said Kendall Casey, director of Perdue operations in Rockingham. Perdue employees more than 50 refugees in Rockingham through the World Relief program.

“We know this programming works, as we have hired many of its students into our facility,” said Casey. “It gives students a leg-up in their quest to become productive in their workplace and comfortable in our country. We are honored to invest in its success through this funding through the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation.”

Founded in 1944, World Relief is a faith-based international relief and development organization that serves more than 4 million people each year in more than 13 nations.

The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. The foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of associates live and work.