A Client Story:

JFS resettled Iranian refugees Arash and Noreen along with their seven year old daughter.  Within three months, Arash and Noreen completed JFS’ VESL classes.  Our Job Developer helped Arash find a job as a dental technician;  and assisted Noreen in obtaining her hairdressing license and work in a beauty salon.  A JFS Case Manager helped Arash and Noreen with enrolling their daughter in first grade at a local elementary school.  After three months, they were able to rent an apartment, and settle in to their new life in America.

New Household Assistance Needed

Newly arrived refugees need a great deal of assistance setting up new apartments as their first homes in America.

Please consult our Amazon wish list for newly arrived refugees: 


Jewish Family Services is pleased to partner with Immanuel House in San Jose to provide transitional housing for some of our refugee clients.

Refugees Need Support Finding Affordable Housing!

​​​​​​​​​​​​How You Can Help Refugees

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Fund for Refugee Services

JFS SV provides refugee resettlement and acculturation services for families and individuals.

  • Pre-Arrival services and case management
  • Connections to Work program providing Vocational ESL and employment services
  • Job search skills and employment services
  • Legal advice and assistance through Immigration Law Clinic

ESL Programs
The Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) classes provide

opportunities to assist students in their listening, speaking, pronunciation,

writing, vocabulary development, and job search skills (including resume


Class levels vary from Beginning/Intermediate to Advanced based on

students’ assessment. Class sessions and computer work will include

individual, pair and group sessions.

Classes are held from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday at our offices.
For more resettlement services information, please contact:

Azita Eshagh
Resettlement Coordinator
(408) 357-7457

See our flyer of overview of

Programs and Services For Refugees, Asylees and SIVs

Rohullah's story

An Afghan refugee family resettlement with JFS SV help.

Refugee Resettlement Programs

Call Us: 408.556.0600