Following arrival, HIAS provides refugees with additional support to help them integrate into American society and to become economically self-sufficient. By helping refugees to build stable and secure lives in the United States, HIAS ensures that they can fully participate in their communities – economically, socially and politically.
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, assistance accessing vocational training, medical care and mental health counseling.
Other integration services that HIAS provides include:
- Assisting people to identify realistic, achievable career paths that have the potential to offer a living wage.
- Ensuring people have information about the job market and requirements for their specific fields.
- Providing access to matched savings to ensure people can build assets towards home-ownership, car ownership or investing in recertification and vocational training.