Refugees & Immigrants
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The Jewish community understands what it is like to leave one’s home and resettle in a foreign land. That historic experience fuels our desire to help refugees and immigrants make a successful transition to self-sufficiency. The JFS Refugee & Immigrant Service Centers are staffed with professional case managers/job developers fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Somali, Arabic and Farsi. The culturally diverse staff is recruited directly from the ethnic communities we serve.
Our staff provides individualized and effective guidance to hundreds of clients each year, offering:
- Employment Services
Our staff assists with employment assessment, job readiness, employment counseling, job placement and job retention.
- Information & Assistance
Ensure that eligible elderly, low-income individuals and adults with disabilities are aware of and provided basic and necessary services. Services include outreach, assessment of clients' needs and client assistance in their own language.
- Language Classes
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered at varying levels in a variety of locations.
Refugees and immigrants from all over the world are supported and encouraged as they integrate successfully into their new environments.
- Social Services
Our staff provides assistance in applying for low-cost housing, translation services for school, medical and legal needs and government agencies, assistance with citizenship applications, child care for parents attending ESL classes and support and referral services.
- Volunteer, Sponsor and Donate Household Items
The JFS Refugee & Immigrant Service Centers are in continual need of volunteers, sponsors and donors of household items to assist our refugee and immigrant clients.
The Centers serve individuals and families from King and Snohomish Counties. All programs are offered at no charge to participants and are made possible by generous funding from the following sources:
- State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Section
- City of Seattle
- City of Bellevue
- City of Redmond
- City of Kirkland
- City of Kent
- City of Federal Way
- New Citizenship Initiative
- Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
For more information, please contact the JFS Refugee & Immigrant Service Centers at these phone numbers:
- Eastside Office: (425) 643-2221
- South King County Office: (253) 850-4065