Since the 1880s HIAS has welcomed refugees to the United States – all of them landing with both relief and trepidation. Today, HIAS partners with local social service organizations in 25 communities across the country, greeting newly arriving refugees, and helping them to begin new lives in safety and freedom.
Initially, we provide a place to live, modestly furnished and stocked with groceries. We provide short-term financial assistance for rent, utilities, and clothing. We help the refugees to get any needed medical attention, enroll their children in school, and learn how to use public transportation. We help them to understand how American customs and culture differ from their native land. And for the most vulnerable, we provide additional support for up to five years after arrival.
These critical supports help the newly arrived to feel welcome, and ease the path to becoming full participants in American life.