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. Our culturally diverse staff is recruited directly from the communities we serve.
JFS works with HIAS, formerly the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, to resettle refugees assigned by the U.S. Department of State. We provide a required set of services from pre-arrival through the first 90 days of the resettlement period. But, our work with our new neighbors extends far beyond that initial three-month period, from Day 91 through citizenship. JFS provides holistic case management and education services to helps refugees, immigrants and asylees to become economically, socially and civically integrated in our community.
Sponsor Circles (also called “community sponsorship”) are groups of at least five individuals who come together to directly support the resettlement of newly arrived Afghans. If you are interested in forming a Sponsor Circle please visit HIAS or Sponsor Circles.
If you are already a part of a Sponsor Circle, while JFS is unable to provide overarching support to individuals and community groups who have formed Sponsor Circles, we are available to provide employment services for eligible individuals referred to JFS through DSHS’ Limited English Proficiency Pathway Program. We also encourage you to explore the many local resources available to support refugees in our region.
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