Welcoming Refugees through Wrap-Around Support and Services
HIAS Welcome Circles
OCJCR is forming HIAS Welcome Circles for Ukrainians through the new Uniting for Ukraine program which launched on April 25, 2022.
Welcome Circles are teams of 5-8 volunteers who resettle refugee families by providing wrap-around, culturally sensitive support.
HIAS will provide support to Welcome Circle teams through a dedicated volunteer liaison who will provide 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 trainings for Welcome Circle Volunteers:
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.