HIAS recognizes that for many refugees a warm welcome and initial support are not enough to overcome displacement and culture shock — both of which place significant stress on refugee families. Although the long and arduous journey to America has required ample reserves of resourcefulness and resilience, many refugees need additional support to integrate into American society and to become economically self-sufficient.
By helping refugees to build stable and secure lives, HIAS ensures that they can fully participate in their communities – economically, socially, and politically. In doing so, they strengthen the fabric of America and have an opportunity to reach their full human potential.
HIAS works in partnership with local social service organizations across the United States to help refugees become acculturated and self-sufficient within a year after their arrival. For those who need extended assistance, support services are provided for up to five years after arrival. These include employment counseling, English language instruction, and assistance accessing vocational training, medical care, and mental health counseling.