Help Welcome Refugees

Welcoming the Stranger

Join us to help make Western Massachusetts home for New Americans! The JFS refugee resettlement program assists refugees as they begin a new life in our community.

Experience the JOY of helping a refugee family start a new life on the path to independence when you:

  • Donate household goods
  • Mobilize your congregation and community
  • Sponsor an individual family
  • Educate and advocate
  • Organize a fundraising or goods drive (contact us to find out what we need)

What We Need

We are urgently restocking our inventory to allow us to furnish apartments for new refugee arrivals. JFS receives very short notice, sometimes only 12 hours before pick up at the airport, and therefore need to have supplies on hand.

Please help us fill our storerooms by purchasing items from our WISHLIST. Click on the Amazon link below, and designate delivery to JFS, 15 Lenox Street, Springfield, MA 01108. Please fill out a gift receipt with you order so that we can thank you!

At this point (April 2021), we are not accepting clothing for men, women, or children

Welcome Kits

Mobilize your family, friends, faith community or school to pack a welcome kit  for a newly arriving family. Click on the below kits for flyer with items needed and instructions.

Household Items Kit 

School Supplies Kit

New Baby Kit 


Questions? Please call 413-737-2601.

JFS has been a leader in refugee resettlement since 1927 . Refugees add a richness and vibrancy to our community. We are excited for you to join us in welcoming newcomers. 

    Volunteering at JFS has been an amazing experience. I am part of a great community and enjoy helping out in any way I can!
    Monich Long, longtime In-Kind Donations Assistance JFS Volunteer