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 resources additional information:
About HIAS Welcome Circles
How it Works
Ukrainian Welcome Circles FAQ

Links to trainings for Welcome Circle Volunteers:

Register here for Cultural Humility on
August 9th at 4:00pm Pacific

Register here for Trauma-informed care on
August 11th at 9:00am Pacific

Register here for a session on Public Benefits on Aug 18th at 7:00pm ET

Register here for Sensitivity working with Ukrainian Newcomers
on August 23rd at 9:00am Pacific


Click here to sign up to form a HIAS 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.

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.