Welcoming Refugees to Orange County through Community Sponsorship

HIAS Welcome Circles

OCJCR is continuing to form HIAS Welcome Circles as the next wave of Afghan evacuees are anticipated to begin arriving this month. Welcome Circles are teams of 5-8 volunteers who will resettle Afghan families by providing wrap around, culturally sensitive support.

Become a part of this initiative! Register here for our information session on how to form a Circle, prepare applications, and much more. Friday March 18th at 10am. Register here.

HIAS will provide support to the circles, including dedicated staff, resources on best practices in resettlement, peer-to-peer mentoring, and technical expertise.

OCJCR will help you form your Welcome Circle team from your synagogue, church, organization, or partner you with other individual community members.

Links to additional information:
About HIAS Welcome Circles
How it Works


Click here to sign up with OCJCR to form a Welcome Circle, or email info@OCJCR.org with questions.

Home for Refugees

Home For Refugees Community Sponsorship Teams

OCJCR has been partnering with Home For Refugees for the past three years with OCJCR volunteers forming HFR ‘Home Teams’ or Community Sponsorship teams.

Community Sponsorship Teams partner with refugee resettlement agencies and organizations and play a crucial role in helping refugees resettle and attain self-sufficiency.

These volunteer teams newly arriving families set up their new home, access public benefits, find doctors, enroll children in school, facilitate job searches, and perform other necessary tasks to help them create their new home in the United States.

For more information about Home For Refugees Community Sponsorship teams, click here.

Currently, HFR trainings for new teams are on hold until early 2022.

Click here to sign up with OCJCR to form a Home For Refugees Community Sponsorship Team, or email info@OCJCR.org with questions.

Afghan Refugee Relief

Click here to read about more ways to help Afghan refugees in Orange County.