Refugee Resettlement & Integration

JFS resettles refugees fleeing their homelands in partnership with HIAS (formerly the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) and the U.S. State Department.

Refugees are people who cannot return to their homeland due to a well-founded fear of persecution. They may be persecuted for their religious or political beliefs. Many flee from war, genocide or brutality by a military regime. Learn more here about how refugees arrive to the United States:

*Please note, this video was published in November 2015. For up to date figures of refugee resettlement, please visit

Our Refugee Resettlement Work

In the past five years we have resettled over 500 refugees from around the world to Western Mass– their new home. Our innovative programs and comprehensive services assist refugees in becoming engaged U.S. citizens. We work closely with them to ensure that each individual achieves independence and is a productive member of our society. We help refugees resettle here safely, learn English, gain employment and become valued, contributing members of our community. 

Refugees bring optimism, hope and unique vibrancy that enriches our local community. Our multi-cultural, multi-lingual staff provides comprehensive services  – starting from picking up refugees at the airport, registering children in school, and finding initial employment. Staff walk with families as they learn to navigate healthcare, social services, and life decisions in their new home.

The success of this program is based on community partnerships with employers, volunteers, landlords, school districts, donors, and community-based organizations. We depend on our community to assist in the successful resettlement of refugees. Learn more about:

You can help us with healing the world. Call 413-737-2601 or email