“If I am not for me, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?”
–Hillel the Elder
At Jewish Family Services, our history is directly tied to generations of refugees from across the world coming to the United States seeking the American dream. From Russian Jews in the 1980s and 1990s to Somali and Bhutanese-Nepali refugees in more recent years, Jewish Family Services has worked tirelessly to envelop refugees into the Central Ohio community and provide them a foothold from which to grow. We aim to assist refugees with the transition to American life, the foundation of which is steady, sensible employment.
Hillel’s famous questions challenge us to understand that the noblest way to live is in service of others. Jewish Family Services is for everyone, right now, including our refugee neighbors who so greatly enrich our communities. Through a comprehensive intake and placement process, we endeavor to provide our clients with a foundation for success and the opportunity for upward mobility, much as the Jewish people were granted fresh starts in new places throughout our migratory history.
Jewish Family Services provides holistic workforce development services to refugees and asylees who have been in the country five years or less. This population faces unique obstacles, and our goal is to build relationships with our clients that empower them in the job market as they adjust to life in a new country.
Read the Warris Refugee Story (submitted by Tariq Mohamed)