In August, 2023 JFCS was approved as a new Refugee Resettlement site by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). This news enables us to re-launch the JFCS refugee program after a 29-year hiatus. Read more details of this exciting news here.
Our new resettlement program will begin serving refugee arrivals from overseas and open the doors to our new offices in Orange County in January 2024. This will make JFCS Orange County’s third and newest refugee resettlement agency. Last April the OC Board of Supervisors approved the launch of the new Office of Refugee and Immigrant Affairs as a county program which will help immigrant newcomers find direct service providers. As more and more refugees and other immigrant newcomers are making Orange County their new home, the timing to launch a new resettlement site could not be more ideal.
While we are hiring resettlement staff, and laying the groundwork to hit the ground running in January, our Heart to Home furniture donation and distribution program has continued operations. The H2H furniture warehouse in Santa Ana is open regularly three days a week from 10:00am – 1:00pm to receive donation drop-offs and help clients select items for their new homes. Click here for more details.
Our resettlement program will provide comprehensive case management to newcomer families for a minimum of 3-6 months. Between January – September 2024 we will be resettling 150 refugees arriving directly from overseas, as well as an additional 150 Ukrainian and Afghan clients who have already arrived in Orange County. There will be many opportunities for volunteers to partner with us in accomplishing this sacred and life-changing work. To volunteer with our Refugee Program, please complete the form below. Volunteer roles will include:
- job search support and
- employment assistance
- in-depth and ongoing cultural orientation
- enrolling clients in medical services
- setting up bank accounts and selecting medical insurance programs
- provision of donated furniture and household goods
- enrolling clients in ESL classes and vocational support
- enrolling children in schools
- food/groceries assistance
- transportation assistance
- mobile phone assistance
- social gatherings and celebrations
Ready to make a difference in the life of a refugee today? You can make a gift to our Refugee Assistance Program here.
For more information or general program questions, contact us at RefugeeProgram@jfcslboc.org.