A community leader empowering people to achieve fulfilling lives.
Help our New American Program resettle refugees in Western Massachusetts!
Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts provides exceptional social services, grounded in Jewish values, to support individuals and families from diverse religious, 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.
Update on Our Work With Haitians in Western Massachusetts
JFS Partners with VITA to Offer Free Income Tax Preparation to Refugees
JFS is thrilled to offer free Income Tax preparation to our JFS refugee clients through the IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program with the help of JFS community member volunteers. The program will cover Federal (IRS) and MA taxes for 2022, as well as 2020 and 2021 if needed. For non-English speakers, the tax preparer will use an IRS provided over the phone interpreter service. Appointments will be scheduled in-person at our office in Springfield.
100% Employment Rate for our Afghan Clients!
Tatyana Abashina, our dedicated JFS Employment Coordinator, reported at our November staff meeting that 100% of our Afghan clients seeking work are now employed! In addition, Tatyana continues to have great success in securing employment for our other refugee clients, and is pictured here with a group of new immigrants who will start working at Conklin Office Furniture this week.
JFS Pilots New Afterschool Soccer Program!
JFS Volunteer Legal Team Goes Above and Beyond!
How You Can Help
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
- Welcome refugees as a Faith-Based Group or Team. Host Organization Support Teams (HOSTs) organize to welcome and support newly arrived refugees. To learn more, click here.
- We are seeking pro bono legal assistance to help our new clients become asylees.