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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.
Summer at JFS!
Summer at JFS means creating opportunities for refugee kids to attend camp! This year, JFS partnered for the second year in a row with Soccer Without Borders, and for the first time with The Performance Project to put on a free, four-day clinic from Saturday, June 25th – Tuesday, June 28th at Springfield College. Over eighty youth from ten countries came together to participate in team-building activities, soccer games, and bucket drumming workshops. It was inspiring to see how quickly youth from different backgrounds overcame language barriers and cultural differences to create new friendships in such a short period of time.
Kids are also attending summer camp at the Springfield Jewish Community Center J-Camp and Playful Minds, which run for the whole summer. These camps offer important opportunities for children to expand their English language skills and their social circles. After only one week, many campers have already moved from the beginner to the intermediate swimming group, have successfully navigated ropes courses with the help of their fellow campers, and have connected with new friends!
Thank you to the Seven Hills Foundation for their assistance in securing DTA vouchers for 36 children to make camp affordable for the families, and to our volunteers and staff who orchestrated rides to make camp accessible!
Ukrainian Youth Receive Donated Musical Instruments!
Update From Our New American Program
Visit the Amherst Town Common on July 23rd, and Pulaski Park in Northampton, MA on August 13th and 14th for an outdoor photography show by Mei Seva, “To Begin Anew.” The exhibition will feature photographs with stories from five former refugees and clients in our Citizenship and Immigration Program, who have resettled in Western Massachusetts and become American citizens. The New Americans featured are originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, and Syria.
How You Can Help
Help Welcome New Refugees
- Help us fill our storerooms 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.
- 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.