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Jewish Community Services of South Florida (JCS) has been selected to provide resettlement services to Afghan Refugees in South Florida. Guided by Jewish values and history, JCS brings 101 years of experience in providing safety-net services to improve the quality of life and self-sufficiency of vulnerable individuals.

“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your G-d.” Vayikra
 

JCS WILL BE:

  1. Resettling Afghan refugees referred by the U.S. State Department as a partner of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
  2. Providing intensive case management services, funded by HIAS, to persecuted refugees resettled by other agencies in South Florida.

 

HELP IS REQUESTED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

  • Identify and/or secure low cost or no-cost housing for initial 90-day transition
  • Recruit volunteers (individuals and families) families to form “navigation pods” to assist Afghan refugees in learning how to navigate within our community. For example: shopping, local government identification, driver’s license, medical appointments, school registration process, transportation, establishing a banking relationship, use of ridesharing apps such as Uber/Lyft, Miami-Dade Public Schools, medical/health systems, and immigration services.
  • Raise funds for household goods, clothing, toiletries, medication, transportation, and translation/interpretation services.

 

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR:

Volunteers will be expected to support their assigned family for a minimum of 90 days post-arrival.

  • Airport pick-up and transportation of families to temporary homes
  • Shopping experiences and navigation
  • Health care navigation
  • School system navigation
  • Accompany clients to purchase new clothing sensitive to cultural/religious modesty norms
  • Delivery of food and/or household items to stock and set up residences
  • Acculturation and transition into South Florida life
  • Rides to appointments and navigation of public transit system
  • Assist with acclimating to their respective religious community: help refugees find their place of worship, meet other members of their religious and cultural communities
  • Aid employment search, resume crafting, and networking
  • Assist with finding technical/post-education for future employment opportunities
  • Subsidize child care and after school programming
  • Offer low-cost homes/housing to refugees as they acclimate
  • Provide welcoming experiences within the spiritual/religious community
  • Assist with homework and English language proficiency
  • Identify volunteers with knowledge of Dari and/or Pashto language proficiency.

 

APARTMENT SET UP: FURNITURE AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

The quantity of items with an asterisk* will vary based on the number of people in your assigned family. The items in italics must be new. All other items can be gently used.

Cleaning Supplies

  • Broom & dustpan
  • Mop & bucket
  • Large garbage can with lid Garbage bags
  • Paper towels
  • Sponges
  • Dish soap
  • All-purpose spray Laundry basket
  • Laundry soap
Children/Babies

  • Stroller (umbrella stroller preferred) Car seat (not expired)
  • Pack n’ Play
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Baby blanket
  • Backpack/school supplies
  • Age-appropriate books & toys
Furniture

  • Dressers*
  • Dining table and chairs* Couch
  • Armchairs
  • Coffee table Nightstand*
  • Lamps*

 

Bathroom

  • Shower curtain with hooks
  • Set of towels (hand, wash, bath)*
  • Garbage can (small)
  • Bars of soap*
  • Shampoo and conditioner* Moisturizing lotion
  • Deodorant*
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste* Disposable razors and shaving cream* Feminine supplies (pads)*
  • Plunger
  • Toilet brush
  • Toilet paper
  • Kleenex/facial tissues*
Optional Items

  • Iron, ironing board
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Basic toolkit
  • CTA bus passes
  • Postage stamps
  • Bilingual dictionary
  • Light bulbs
  • Water bottles
  • Reusable grocery bags Umbrella*
Bedroom

  • Hangers (40-50)
  • Blankets/comforters*
  • Sheets and pillowcases*
  • Pillows*
  • Alarm clock
  • Mattresses/Bed Frames

 

Kitchen

  • Plates and bowls*
  • Drinking glasses*
  • Mugs*
  • Silverware and silverware divider* Cutting knives
  • Cutting board
  • Set of mixing bowls
  • Set of pots and pans
  • Set of baking pans
  • Colander
  • Set of cooking utensils (spatula, ladle, etc.) Serving bowls, dishes
  • Measuring cup and spoons
  • Can/bottle opener
  • Rice cooker
  • Tea kettle
  • Food storage containers (varying sizes) Dish rack
  • Kitchen towels and potholders
Other

  • First aid kit Thermometer Batteries
  • Calendar
  • Pens, pencils
  • Small fire extinguisher

 

HIAS

For more information about the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) please click here.

DONATE

To designate donations to the Refugee Assistance Program (J-RAP) please click below.

Volunteer

To volunteer to support a family for a minimum of 90 days post-arrival, please click below.