Jewish Social Services provides assistance to refugees and their families through a variety of services and resources to help them become self-sufficient and create a safe and stable life in the Dane County area.

Reception and Placement

JSS’ Reception and Placement (R&P) program is a 90-day intensive case management program that assists families and individuals who come through the US Refugee Admissions Program to resettle in the Madison area. Through this program, JSS works with several community partners to provide a fully furnished apartment, access to health care, public benefits and many other services in order to help newcomers settle into their new community. JSS has resettled families and individuals from Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and Syria among others.

Refugee Support Services

This case management and referral program is for individuals with refugee status within 5 years of arrival who are looking for assistance with employment and career advancement. This includes creating an employment plan and can include referrals for ESL or other programs, job search and placement, interview preparation or assistance with planning for an advanced degree.

Preferred Communities

This year-long, intensive case management program is for individuals with refugee status within 5 years of arrival, who are experiencing particular barriers to self-sufficiency. These barriers may be related to the following:
• Physical Health
• Social or Psychological Difficulties
• Survivor of Sexual/Gender Based Violence
• Survivor of Torture
• Minor
• Elderly
• HIV+

Furniture and Household Items Donations

Check this link for a list of current needs and how to donate, through our community partner, Open Doors for Refugees:
Please do not drop off items at JSS unless you have confirmed with a staff member that the item is needed by clients. We have very minimal storage space.