JFS is pleased to announce the opening of our new Welcome Center in Springfield! We completed an office renovation to double our office space and create two new classroom spaces. With the additional space, we can host two simultaneous ESL classes, host orientation classes for new arrivals without leaving the building, and serve our clients in a safe environment.
On March 8th, we kicked off classes in the new Welcome Center by holding our first in-person Afghan Women’s ESL and Support Group on International Women’s Day! Classes are held three times a week, followed by a social support group to help alleviate social isolation and encourage conversations. The group covers topics like parenting, health and transportation. Participants are very excited to be in person in group settings where they can learn, share and engage with one another. Our volunteers and staff are helping transport the women and provide activities for the children during group – see below if you’re interested in helping!