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austin jews and partners for refugees

Please continue to support refugees in Austin. Visit our website, austinjewsandpartners.org, for all information regarding donations, volunteer opportunities, and a monthly newsletter with a calendar and updates.

 

Update on 11/3/2023 

Dear volunteers who are interested in "helping the stranger" find new lives in Austin,

Opportunities are available to co-sponsor a refugee family or sign up for individual missions. 

If you have not had a background check with HIAS please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Daniela:  simpledifference@gmail.com or emily.griffith@hias.org

We will soon be welcoming four families to Austin! If you're excited about helping, please fill out the form below and we will be contacting you with the details.

Fill Out the Volunteer Form Here

Afghan Family of Six, Arriving November 6

This family will be staying a few days with their U.S. ties, who will also be picking them up at the airport. We do not have a co-sponsor team for them, which means we will count on individual volunteers to help with the following: 

  • Apartment Setup
  • Social Security Appointments Transportation
  • Weekly transportation to and from food bank OR weekly grocery/food bank drop offs 
  • Transportation to and from AISD International Welcome Center @ Webb MS for school enrollments
  • Transportation to and from Employment program and Cash Assistance appointments 
  • Transportation to and from Refugee Health Screening Clinic appointments
  • Teaching Cultural Orientation sessions and watching children during these sessions so parents can focus on learning
  • Language interpretation


Afghan Family of Seven, Arriving November 7

This family does not have a strong U.S. tie, and we are hoping to form a team to work with them. If you had expressed an interest in "co-sponsoring" (the one where a team works closely with a family and really gets to know them) this is a perfect opportunity! The missions are similar to the ones described above but include airport pickups and apartment setup right from their arrival.

End of November/beginning of December there are a couple more very small families, we'll give you the info as it arrives.

Questions? Contact us.



YOU CAN HELP NOW!

Donate money to Austin Jews and Partners for Refugees at www.austinjewsandpartners.org/donating.html 

 

About Austin Jews and Partners for Refugees

Austin Jews and Partners for Refugees is a grassroots community group who gather together to support and advocate for refugees. Members help in many different ways, from being tutors at English learning programs for adults and children, to organizing donation drives and hosting advocacy events. We have formed Welcome Teams that have supported almost 1000 refugees arriving from Afghanistan since September 2021. We continue resettling these families and are now working on support for future families from Ukraine, the Congo, more Afghans and other refugees from around the world. Please consider financially supporting Austin Jews and Partners for Refugees to help us continue our work! 

From community service, advocacy, education, and donations, there's something for everyone interested in getting involved. Join us:

Website: austinjewsandpartners.org

Email: Contact us to be added to the mailing list. 

Facebook: Temple Beth Shalom Refugee Task Force

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