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

NEW or GENTLY-USED Household Items

  • unopened toiletries for men and women
  • laundry detergent
  • all-purpose household cleaning supplies
  • new boxes of diapers of all sizes
  • sanitary pads for people with periods

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