Refugee Resettlement Services
JFCS has already welcomed almost 40 Afghan refugees since reinitiating Refugee Resettlement Services in late December. Our Refugee Resettlement services rely on community support. You can help through volunteering, monetary donations, and donations of gently used or new items. We partner with HIAS and ORR to provide services, but your contribution helps fill immediate needs and ensure refugees feel safe, comfortable, and welcome upon their arrival.
Monetary contributions allow us to better serve refugees. Contributions fund basic needs and help set refugees for success by supporting housing, food, employment services, childcare, and school re-entry. Contributions of any amount make a difference, whether it can help cover the cost of rent, utilities, groceries, group English classes, school supplies, or other needs. The Refugee Resettlement fund helps refugees enrolled in our four resettlement programs.
JFCS has created an Amazon Wishlist that includes the items that refugees need to feel comfortable as they start their new lives. Kitchenware, bedding, towels, and cleaning supplies are some of the most helpful items. You can select specific items that JFCS will deliver straight to Tucson refugees.
Refugees often arrive with very few personal items. Furniture, kitchenware, and other home goods are particularly useful. We are gratefully accepting gently used or new items on hand.
Some items we are requesting include:
● Dining tables
● Dining chairs
● Coffee table
● Rice cookers
● Slow cookers
● Portable fans
● Kitchenware items
● Pots and pans
● Feminine hygiene items
● Thrift store vouchers
● Walmart gift cards
To donate items, please contact Christian Hirwa by phone at (520) 795-0300 x2281 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that we can only accept new beds. All other donated items may be gently used or new.
Our Refugee Resettlement Volunteers are friendly faces for our newest community members. Volunteers can help with the initial welcome activities such as airport pickup and arranging apartments or help welcome refugees over the longer term through English language practice, mentorship, or family activities in the area. As a volunteer, you will help refugees transition into life in Tucson and may find long-lasting relationships that are equally meaningful to you and the refugees we serve.