The HIAS resettlement program in Maine has begun!

We were so pleased to welcome the JCA’s first Afghan refugee family through HIAS late last night, just before the snow. We are grateful that they are safe and warm here in Maine, and that we have the opportunity to be here for them in the days and weeks to come.   We know that many of you are…

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Siobhan Whalen to join JCA as Refugee Resettlement Manager

The JCA is pleased to announce that Siobhan Whalen will be joining us as Refugee Resettlement Manager in early January 2022! Siobhan is passionate about social, economic, and racial justice, and works to ensure that every newcomer to our community has access to the resources they need to thrive. In her most recent role as…

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HIAS Refugee Resettlement

Refugee Resettlement HIAS Refugee ResettlementAboutWhat We DoSupportNews & Media The Jewish community understands what it is like to leave one’s home and resettle in a foreign land. That historic experience fuels our desire to help refugees and immigrants make a successful transition to self-sufficiency. WHAT WE DO HIAS works around the world to protect refugees…

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JCA Approved as HIAS Refugee Resettlement Partner

Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine Approved as HIAS Refugee Resettlement Partner For Immediate Release October 22, 2021 – Portland, ME Last week, HIAS announced that the Department of State has approved seven new resettlement locations that will be part of HIAS’ national resettlement network to help provide homes and support for refugees when they…

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What We Do

What We Do HIAS Refugee ResettlementAboutWhat We DoSupportNews & Media When we resettle a refugee family, we provide certain essential services to them over the course of their first 90 days here: Ensuring they have a Social Security Number   Providing cultural orientation   Enrolling any school-aged children in school   Providing medical screening, helping them address any…

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Essentials Pantry

Essentials Pantry In October 2021, Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services (KJFS) began developing a new pilot program designed to provide individuals and families with crucial essential items that are not available through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).   The KJFS Essentials Pantry has grown significantly since, with a wide variety of offerings that include:…

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About Refugee Services

About Refugee Resettlement HIAS Refugee ResettlementAboutWhat We DoSupportNews & Media WHO IS A REFUGEE? A REFUGEE is someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin due to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion. REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT…

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Support

Support Refugee Services HIAS Refugee ResettlementAboutWhat We DoSupportNews & Media Thank you for your interest in supporting KJFS Refugee Services! There are two main ways you can support Refugee Services: Donating and Volunteering. Please let us know how you would like to be involved! Donate Volunteer INTEREST IN DONATING ITEMS? Items needed (can be donated…

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News & Media

HIAS MAINE NEWS & MEDIA HIAS Refugee ResettlementAboutWhat We DoSupportNews & Media News Center Maine One year after U.S. withrawal, Maine organizations continue to support Afghan evacuees Sean Stackhouse – August 23rd, 2022 PORTLAND, Maine — Just more than one year after the U.S. Military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, community organizations in Maine have continued to…

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Preferred Communities Program Coordinator

Employment Opportunities Preferred Communities Program Coordinator Based on the tradition of “welcoming the stranger,” Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services (KJFS) provides supportive services to refugees from all backgrounds in order to assure their full integration into American society. Refugee resettlement is a humanitarian program designed to assist those who have been persecuted due to their…

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