Refugee & Immigrant Services

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 ethnic communities we serve.

Contact us at ris@jfsseattle.org or by phone.
South King County Office: (253) 850-4065
Eastside Office: (425) 643-2221

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JFS Soccer team brings refugees together.

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A Refugee Story

Mitra tells her family’s story of navigating their way to America.

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Beyond Resettlement

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 helps refugees, immigrants and asylees to become economically, socially and civically integrated in our community.

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  • Resettlement
    Refugees from all over the world are supported and encouraged as they integrate successfully into their new environments. Learn more with our Refugee Resettlement FAQ.
  • Social Services
    We provide assistance in applying for low-cost housing, translation services for school, medical and legal needs, assistance with citizenship applications, classes, and support and referral services.
  • Employment Services
    We assist with employment assessment, job readiness, employment counseling, and job placement and retention.
  • Tatweer: Mentorship for Professionals
    Tatweer helps meet the needs of resettled refugees who have professional degrees and experience. Volunteer mentors provide coaching and support.
  • Language Classes
    English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered at varying levels in a variety of locations.
  • Civic Integration
    These services include citizenship classes and applications, as well as assistance with legal services, such as adjustment of status (i.e. green card).
  • Funders
    JFS serves individuals and families from King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. Most programs are offered at no charge to participants and are made possible by generous funding from:

Upcoming Events

Food Bank Open
February 22 at 10:00 am

Creativity & Healing Group
February 25 at 11:00 am

Food Bank Open
February 27 at 10:00 am

Powerful Tools for Caregivers
February 27 at 1:00 pm

Food Bank Open
February 28 at 2:00 pm

Food Bank Open
March 1 at 10:00 am

Creativity & Healing Group
March 4 at 11:00 am

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