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. JFS offers:
Refugees and immigrants from all over the world are supported and encouraged as they integrate successfully into their new environments. Learn more with our Refugee Resettlement FAQ.
- Volunteer Opportunities
There are so many ways you can help!
- Do-It-Yourself Donations for Refugees
- 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.
- Employment Services
We assist with employment assessment, job readiness, employment counseling and job placement & retention.
- Information & Assistance
We 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.
- 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 & referral services.
JFS serves 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
For more information, please contact
- South King County Office: (253) 850-4065
- Eastside Office:(425) 643-2221