refugee program services & facts
who is a refugee?
A refugee is not an immigrant. Refugees are fleeing persecution and are legal permanent residents of the U.S.
background of the united states refugee resettlement program
The U.S. government began a formal refugee resettlement program with the Refugee Act of 1980. It is managed by the:
- U. S. Department of State
- U. S. Department of Homeland Security
- U. S. Office for Refugee Resettlement
- Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants
services provided for refugees
JFS provides an array of programs and services that begin prior to a refugee’s arrival and depending on the program may last for 5 years when a refugee becomes eligible for US citizenship. The JFS New American team is comprised of 26 bilingual/bicultural staff speaking 15 different languages.
jewish family service refugee arrivals from 2009-2013
JFS resettled 1,047 refugees from all corners of the world to Hampden County over the past 5 years. For more information about refugee populations and their specific circumstances, please click here.
useful links and resources
List of resources to vist and learn more about refugee-serving organizations and their work.
ways you can help refugees
There are numerous opportunities for you and/or your organization to personally support a refugee to start their new lives in our community.
- group sponsor
- English language tutor
contribute to support a refugee family, please click here.
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