Helping Refugees In Orange County

Emergency Relief Fund

Your contribution to OCJCR’s Emergency Cash Assistance Relief Fund will help provide financial aid to refugee families who may be unable to make ends meet, may be at risk of eviction, need help to cover fees to file required immigration forms to adjust status, and other emergency situations.


OCJCR furnished over 50 apartments in 2022.

To coordinate a donation drop-off, please email Nancy Neudorf at

Refugees arrive with little more than the clothes on their backs. OCJCR sets up apartments for new arrivals with essential items needed. We accept gently used furniture, beds, kitchen / dining room tables and chairs, sofas, dressers, household cleaning supplies, new bedding and linens, and more.

Click here to purchase items most needed by new arrived families as they begin their lives anew. 
Click here to purchase essential baby items requested by OCJCR clients who are expecting, and who have newly arrived infants and toddlers. 

Volunteers Needed

We are frequently in need of volunteers able to move larger furniture items to our storage unit in Laguna Hills and to help sort smaller household items at our Irvine storage location. Email us at to volunteer with us.

Connect us

Can you help connect us with landlords and property owners willing to rent to refugees? Housing is the most urgent challenge at the moment as tens of thousands of Afghans are imminently being approved for release from military camps and placement in U.S. cities. Please email us at

AirBnb Owners

You can list your property with to host a refugee by providing temporary housing to new arrivals while we secure permanent housing solutions. Please let us know if you register with AirBnB so we can coordinate with the resettlement agencies.

Email us at

How Does your Synagogue Partner With OCJCR?

Find out how your synagogue or organization is partnering with the OC Jewish Coalition for Refugees? There may already be volunteers at your organization with whom we can connect you. Want to learn or do more? Email us at