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Refugee Services

The Refugee Services Program at Jewish Family Services assists refugees, other immigration statuses, and their families with critical social services needed to ease their transition into their new communities. With our help, individuals become self-sufficient and are able to create a stable living environment in Washtenaw County.

Dedicated bi-lingual and bi-cultural professionals fulfill our mission by promoting and delivering individually focused social and vocational services through a variety of programs.

Refugee Services

  • Reception and Placement Services
  • Matching Grant
  • Preferred Communities
  • Individual Development Account (IDA)
  • Micro Enterprise Development (MED)
  • Post-Resettlement Services
  • Refugee Youth Programming
  • Community Outreach and Education

Acculturation and ESL Classes

  • English as a second language class and acculturation classes, to assist refugees with community orientation and introduction to American systems, customs, language and holidays.
  • Short term counseling to assist with adjustment and other issues.

Employment Services

  • PATH (Partnership, Accountability, Training, Hope) Program   
  • Career Services
  • Job Club to assist with resume writing, interview preparation, job search skills, and adjustment to American work place culture
  • Refugee Employment Program
  • Recertification Services

Translation of Documents

  • Essential documents are translated into the English language for necessary linkage to services and access to education