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Support for Ukraine Evacuees & Emergency Humanitarian Parolees
As nearly 14 million Ukrainians have fled their war-ravaged country, Gulf Coast JFCS stands prepared to help!
Gulf Coast JFCS is a designated refugee resettlement agency partnering with HIAS and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to welcome refugees as they begin a new chapter of their lives in our community. Although the Biden Administration is committed to using existing methods including immigrant and refugee resettlement to assist evacuees, Ukrainians are not yet designated as Refugees nor eligible for resettlement program assistance. We await an update on this status.
The Biden Administration announced Uniting for Ukraine on April 24, 2022 as one mechanism to welcome displaced Ukrainian citizens. The program allows U.S.- based sponsors to file a Form I-134 on behalf of Ukrainian citizens which would allow them to remain in the U.S. for up to 2 years. Family members can contact Gulf Coast JFCS for assistance in completing the process.
Additionally, the current administration announced limited benefits for Ukrainian Humanitarian parolees under certain emergency criteria through the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Beginning on May 21, 2022, or the date you received humanitarian parole, whichever is later, you can apply at the state government benefits office or closest resettlement agency in your state including Gulf Coast JFCS.
Gulf Coast JFCS continues to assist resettlement of Ukrainians who are eligible for the Lautenberg Amendment that was first enacted to facilitate Jews from the former Soviet Union. Our Refugee Services staff also screen evacuees to determine if they are eligible for support through our services offered at the Florida Center for Survivors of Torture.
Please use the documents linked above to learn more about the currently available assistance options or email Refugee Services if you are in need of further assistance.
From resettlement to self-sufficiency, Gulf Coast JFCS welcomes and helps refugees from around the world. Refugee services programs within Gulf Coast JFCS exemplify the Jewish value of welcoming the stranger. Among many types of assistance, the most common include finding housing and employment, assistance with school enrollment, English Language Training, and services that lead to self-sufficiency.
- Florida Center for Survivors of Torture
- Integrated Refugee Services
- National Partnership for Community Training
- Refugee Assistance Fund
- Refugee Career Pathways Program
- Refugee Employment Match Grant Program
- Refugee Micro-Enterprise Development
- Refugee Preferred Communities
- Refugee Resettlement & Placement
Refugee Assistance Fund
Every day, your support of Gulf Coast JFCS is helping uplift lives by welcoming and newcomers of all faiths and ethnicities on their first steps on their paths to safety and stability across the State of Florida. Given the chance, refugees will continue to contribute to a stronger, safer, and more vibrant world.
Gulf Coast JFCS is proud to partner with HIAS and ORR to welcome and assist refugees to successfully and safely resettle in our community. Financial contributions directed toward the Refugee Assistance Fund will assist newcomers from other countries with vital food, housing, employment, and child care or school-entry support. Together, we “welcome the stranger as our neighbor.”
FCST promotes awareness and understanding by offering the following services for community members:
- Professional development training covering a number of important subjects such as: working with torture survivors, the refugee experience, acculturation in the U.S. and working with interpreters
- Hosting events and presentations to raise community awareness regarding torture and refugee issues
- Serving as a learning site for college students through internships and service-learning projects
- Volunteer service opportunities for professionals, students and community members
Florida Center for Survivors of Torture
Florida Center for Survivors of Torture (FCST) is a regional treatment center (Tampa Bay and Miami-Dade) for survivors of torture and extreme trauma. As the lead agency, Gulf Coast JFCS collaborates with area resettlement agencies, the University of South Florida, and Florida International University to provide survivors with intensive case management. Through FCST’s extensive provider network, eligible torture survivors can access medical, mental health, social, and legal assistance services from providers who have been specially trained by the Florida Center for Survivors of Torture to work effectively and sensitively with this population.
A center without walls, FCST’s multi-disciplinary network of providers including psychiatrists, psychologists, interpreters, social workers, attorneys, and physicians promoting healing through:
- In-home intake assessments complete with psychosocial evaluations
- Linkage to a network of medical, mental health, legal and social service providers trained to work sensitively with survivors of torture
- Professional interpreters to accompany clients to appointments as needed
- Ongoing intensive case management and culturally specific educational/support groups
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Integrated Refugee Services provides social and economic integration services for refugees who have been in the US for less than five years. Services include employment coaching and placement, youth mentoring for academic and career success, as well as comprehensive case management to address a variety of complex needs.
National Partnership for Community Training
National Partnership for Community Training (NPCT) is the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s national mental health technical assistance program for refugee service providers. NPCT develops the capacity of resettlement and other refugee programs across the U.S. to help them meet the mental health needs of refugees. Working with a wide array of subject matter experts, NPCT promotes research into best practices for addressing refugee mental health and ensures that providers have the resources to implement trauma-informed holistic services for refugees.
Refugee Career Pathways Program
Refugee Career Pathways (RCP) Program helps refugees achieve self-sufficiency by obtaining the means to secure professional or skilled employment drawing upon previously acquired knowledge, skills, and experience.
Under the Refugee Career Pathways Program, the primary focus is to assist refugees in learning about career pathways and developing individualized plans to gain employment and advance within their chosen career field.
RCP coaches assist clients by providing mentoring, training and technical assistance, financial assistance related to obtaining credentials and certifications, and job placement.
To qualify, you must have lived in the U.S. for less than 5 years, currently live in Hillsborough, Pasco, or Pinellas counties, speak English, and be either a Refugee, an Asylee, a Cuban/Haitian entrant or a Foreign Victim of Human Trafficking.
Refugee Employment Match Grant Program
Refugee Employment Match Grant Program provides services in Pinellas County to help refugees, Asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, and Special Immigrant Visa Holders (SIVs) to become economically self-sufficient within 120 to 180 days of program eligibility. Services provided are case management, employment services, maintenance assistance and cash allowance. Self-sufficiency must be achieved without accessing public cash assistance.
Refugee Micro-Enterprise Development
Refugee Micro-Enterprise Development promotes refugee women’s entrepreneurship and normalizes business ownership. This program benefits women who have owned or currently own micro-businesses, as well as those with little to no entrepreneurial or business experience, supporting them in navigating regulations and expanding on the skills that are critical to establishing and growing fiscally sound businesses in the U.S.
Refugee Preferred Communities
Refugee Preferred Communities provides intensive case management and supportive services to recently arrived refugees facing barriers to self-sufficiency. Services include comprehensive case management and timely access to a wide range of community resources, employment services, and health care providers and medical treatment.
Refugee Resettlement & Placement
Refugee Resettlement & Placement resettles refugees from around the world who have been persecuted and fled their home country to come to Pinellas County with the dream of providing their families with a life of freedom, safety, and liberty. With a goal to help refugees and their families become self-sufficient, services include case management, housing and household goods assistance, cultural orientation, referrals and follow up with a wide range of community service resources.
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