Volunteers are the backbone of many organizations that help refugees and immigrants settle into the Central Ohio community.
Jewish Family Services (JFS)is one such organization that works to provide a support system for new Americans and connect them to opportunities. JFS offers a range of services, including transportation to the airport, assistance enrolling in benefits, cultural orientation, employment assistance, creating and equipping housing, transportation to medical service providers, and enrolling children in school. It is a member of the Franklin County Human Services Chamber and the Network of Jewish Human Services Agencies.
The federal refugee resettlement program provides assistance to those who have been forced to flee their home countries and come to the United States. This includes help with finding housing and work, as well as accessing services to help them build a new life. People living outside of Franklin County should visit their local county Department of Labor and Family Services for applications for benefits. The Help & Hope Community Center is a leading agency in Ohio that provides life-changing services for young people with leadership skills and resources. It offers a variety of services and programs, some including a center for young children, extracurricular and summer programs, sports and exercise programs, a free medical clinic and a free legal clinic, as well as immigration counseling services (DACA).
It provides education to refugee youth ages 11 and older, soccer programs throughout the year, after-school mentoring, summer academic enrichment camp, leadership training, and other resources and support to empower them to succeed in the academic world and in soccer. The Resource Center on Riverview Drive in Columbus was created to help with some of the basic needs of new and established immigrants and refugees. It provides case management services, health and wellness services, educational programs (such as English as a second language, tutoring, and summer camps), language and culture programs, and sports clubs for Bhutanese living in Columbus. It helps immigrants and refugees from all countries to take root and achieve self-sufficiency in central Ohio. Activities for young people in Franklin County include mentoring and mentoring, summer day camps, an after-school program, and leadership. The Resource Center also offers workshops on topics such as job search strategies, resume writing tips, financial literacy classes, health education classes, computer classes, citizenship classes, legal clinics for immigration issues. Immigrants in Franklin County can access many community services that are designed to help them settle into their new home.
Organizations like Jewish Family Services provide assistance with transportation to the airport, enrolling in benefits programs, cultural orientation sessions, employment assistance programs, creating housing solutions, transportation to medical service providers, enrolling children in school. The Help & Hope Community Center offers education programs for refugee youth ages 11+, soccer programs throughout the year, after-school mentoring sessions, summer academic enrichment camps, leadership training opportunities. The Resource Center on Riverview Drive provides case management services, health & wellness services, educational programs such as ESL classes & tutoring sessions as well as language & culture classes. All these organizations provide immigrants with the necessary resources they need to build a successful life in Franklin County.