refugee & Immigration services
There are more than 21.3 million refugees worldwide—people who have been forced to leave their own countries, due to persecution. People whose own homes have become a place of fear and danger. People who have seen political upheaval, instability, war, terror, and in some cases have experienced kidnappings, torture, and the murder of loved ones. People who have endured the loss of friends, family, and everything they’ve ever known.
Since our beginning in 1918, we’ve offered resettlement services to newly arriving refugees and asylees from around the world. Today, our Refugee Resettlement department works with approximately 45 cases each month. We help refugee families adjust to their new lives here in the U.S. We help them learn English and find jobs. We teach them how to navigate the medical system, banks, and public transportation. We provide: a fully furnished apartment, airport pick up, acculturation services, translation/ESL services, employment services, advocacy, and more.
JFS is one of only four resettlement agencies in San Diego County. In the past year, we have welcomed 399 refugees from 14 different countries. When we pick them up from the airport, they have only their memories, their hopes, and a few belongings. They are ready to start from scratch, in a foreign country, with new customs and traditions, and a new language. They are new Americans—our next wave of American citizens.
General Immigration Services
Citizenship & Naturalization Services
Know Your Rights & Family Safety Planning
Refugee Reception & Placement – When a newly arrived refugee family arrives to the United States, we pick them up from the airport, place them in a fully furnished apartment, and immediately begin acculturation services to help them adjust to life here.
Employment & Job Placement Services
Volunteering with Refugee & Immigration Services