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Help our New American Program resettle refugees in Western Massachusetts!
Rooted in Jewish values, Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts provides exceptional social services to support individuals and families from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.
Our programs strengthen our community by strengthening the individual–from resettling refugee families, to supporting New Americans to become self-sufficient, counseling young adults through life’s transitions, equipping older adults to age well, protecting elders from abuse, leading caregiver support groups, and helping individuals enhance their Jewish connections.
Enriching the quality of life for individuals in the Jewish community of Western Massachusetts.
Serving the unique needs of older adults, their families, and/or caregivers.
Supporting individual and family resilience.
Helping refugees resettle and thrive in our community.
Citizenship & Immigration
Assisting immigrants and refugees to become US Citizens.
Engaging community members, offering internships, and placement for AmeriCorps staff, to help our newest neighbors succeed.
Congratulations to Our Behavioral Health Team!
JFS is now a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) licensed Mental Health Clinic! Four years ago, our staff began the process to become a DPH licensed clinic for our outpatient services. This important certification will allow us to expand our capacity to serve a culturally diverse clientele across the greater Springfield area. After much hard work from our dedicated Behavioral Health and Administrative Staff, as well as required renovations to our building, last month we received our long-awaited Mental Health License from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health. We are thrilled to be able to offer expanded outpatient services in multiple languages soon.
JFS Client Honored as Employee of the Month!
LGA Sixth Grade Students Help Welcome New Americans!
Thank you to the Lander-Grinspoon Academy Kitah Vav/Sixth Grade students for setting up an apartment for an arriving refugee family. With just a few days notice, the class went shopping with money they had raised from selling crabapple jelly in the fall, and were able to buy all of the bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen supplies needed for the family. Next, they cleaned the apartment in West Springfield, top to bottom, and set up the space beautifully to welcome the family to their new home! Their important work is part of our partnership with the Jewish community, and is an opportunity for students to practice the core Jewish value of tikkun olam – healing the world.
We Appreciate Our Volunteers!
Do You Have Gently Used Furniture, Kitchen Items, or Summer Clothing to Donate to JFS?
Calling All Big Y Shoppers!
Volunteer with JFS!
Jewish Family Jam with Felicia Sloin!
Spread the Word—We Have Openings in Our Caregiver Support Groups
How You Can Help
Help Welcome New Refugees
Everyday brings new Ukrainians and Haitians to JFS, in addition to our ongoing resettlement work welcoming refugees from other countries including Eritrea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala and Syria. While we aim to keep our storeroom supplies stocked, with the urgent influx of need, we are continually working to replenish our inventory.
- Help us replenish our supplies by purchasing items from our WISHLIST. Please designate delivery to JFS, 15 Lenox Street, Springfield, MA 01108, and add a gift receipt so that we can thank you! If you have any questions, contact Dana Lanoue at email@example.com, or call (413) 737-2601.
- Sign up to Volunteer! As we expand our programming, more support from the community is needed to help newly arriving refugee families! Click here to find a volunteer opportunity to fit your interests and schedule.
- We are seeking pro bono legal assistance to help our new clients become asylees.
Joseph S. Dorison (1958-2023)
Rooted in Jewish values, we provide exceptional social services to support individuals and families from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.