Pen, ink, and paper are supplied free, as are also
newspapers. Immigrants may use this Society as a forwarding address for
letters. There are excellent baths, always at the free disposition of
guests. A physician and a nurse are in attendance. The kitchen supplies
excellent Kosher cooking. There is a synagogue in the building and prayers
are said three times a day. There are facilities for the performance of
every religious duty. Every service of this Society is given gratuitously.
Jews may write to it from any part of the United States for information,
advice and the addresses of useful societies.
The Clara de Hirsch Home for Immigrant Girls,
320 Second A venue, New York City, meets immigrant women and girls at
Ellis Island. It gives them shelter, finds their relatives and friends, or
obtains employment and proper homes for them. It gives information and
advice; has classes in English and sewing clubs; has a bank. All services
are free. Board and lodging costs $3.00 a week.
WHERE TO GO FOR WORK
If you need work immediately on your arrival, even if
you have an experienced friend, you should try to see if better work
cannot be offered you. Do not trust a private employment agency unless its
state license is posted in plain sight. All unlicensed employment agencies
are kept by swindlers, who will rob you of your money, and perhaps send
you to a job, where in spite of splendid promises you will not be paid for
your work. Girls and young women should be on their guard, not only as to
employment agencies; they should particularly distrust chance
acquaintances who offer them work at high wages. Acceptance of such an
offer may lead them into a perilous position.
Unless you speak English, it is impossible, in the
skilled trades, to find just the work you wish. The Jews who have
succeeded best in America have been those who have taken the first work
that offered. It is important to begin immediately. America is a land of
opportunities, and if you work faithfully and intelligently you will have
many chances for advancement. If you have a choice, it is usually better
to take a job at a distance from the city where you land.
The Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society
at 229 East Broadway, New York City, finds safe and remunerative work for
newcomers within the city, and charges no fee whatever for doing so. Its
employment agent is in his office from 8 to 10 A. M.
The Industrial Removal Office at 174 Second
Ave., New York City, finds employment, in both skilled and unskilled
labor, for all Jews in New York, who desire to locate in towns in the
interior of the United States, where conditions of employment are better.
In the large seaport cities, particularly in New York, the cost of rent
and living are higher than anywhere else, and on account of competition
wages are low and work scarce.
The Removal Office has branches all over the United
States, in charge of the most representative and responsible Jews in each
town. It has full industrial, economic, social and educational information
of importance to Jews regarding all the principal centers of the United
States. It has found profitable employment and homes for over 70,000 Jews,
in every possible trade, in every state of the Union, in almost 1,400
towns and cities. It makes absolutely no charge either to employer or
employee for its services. In all necessary cases, it pays all
transportation expenses. It always has reliable and up-to-date information
regarding the condition of the labor market in every part of the country,
and under no circumstances will it direct or send applicants for work to
places where a strike or a labor dispute of any kind is taking place. It
carefully investigates every employer offering a job. The Removal Office
also maintains a Bureau of Information and Advice for men who have a small
capital which they would like to invest in business in the interior of the
country. Immigrants may have the fullest confidence in this Society. The
office hours are from 8 A. M. to 5 P. M.
Other Public Employment Offices- Some public
employment offices are maintained by the National Government, some by the
state, some by the city. Generally their jurisdiction does not extend
beyond the city or state in which they are. With the exception of that at
Los Angeles, California, which charges a fee of 25c. to those for whom
they procure work, all public employment offices give their help
gratuitously, both to workmen and employers, charging no fee of any kind.
They are open to foreigners as well as to citizens. Such offices exist in
every large city, and are easily found by asking any Jewish workman.