What is a Refugee?
A refugee is an individual who has a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, who has fled their country of origin and cannot safely return. In the context of the United States, all refugees arriving here have been vetted and approved prior to arrival in the country. These individuals and families are legal immigrants.
Partnering with Jewish Social Services of Madison
JSS-Madison is the only agency in Madison and South Central Wisconsin licensed and permitted to receive and service the needs of arriving Refugees. Our ministry is in support of their mission.
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Donate Household Supplies & Furniture
1-2 Weeks Before Arrival
- Help Secure Housing
- Light Cleaning
- Assist with move-in and set-up
Organize & Collect Donations
Now Until Arrival
- Collecting and Organizing Apartment Furnishings
- Assist in organizing delivery or pick-up of large items
- Transfer donations to storage unit
Day of Arrival
- Greet Family at the Airport
- Provide Transportation to New Home
- Provide Orientation of Apartment
- Provide Culturally Appropriate Ready-to-Eat Meal
Up to 3 Months Post-Arrival or until other transportation has been secured
- Provide Transportation to Required Meetings
Assistance in navigating public transportation
Up to 1 Year Post Arrival
Assist with learning/improving English or help
enroll in classes
Assist with enrolling children in school
Assist in development of job skills and job
Mentoring in life skills such as banking, bill
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