JVS World Refugee Forum


Support for Refugees

Together We Rise: Career Development with Boston’s Refugees

Today there are more than 65 million refugees worldwide, more than at any other point in world history. Unfortunately, the United States has severely limited the number of refugees it will admit, no longer serving as the safe haven it once was. Though the current administration is closing the borders to refugees, the Boston Jewish community is taking action to support resettled refugees living in our community.

Together We Rise: Career Development with Boston’s Refugees, is a joint initiative of Jewish Vocational Service and Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Through this program, JVS is reaching out to resettled refugees to help them move from entry-level jobs to family-sustaining careers. Refugees work with career navigators who help them identify their career goals and take the next step forward in their careers, including enrolling in training programs, accessing higher education, and finding employment in their fields.

Over the past 5 years, approximately 2,750 refugees were resettled in Eastern Massachusetts. During the same period, JVS helped 1,500 refugees find their first job in the United States. With cuts to the refugee resettlement system, support services for this population have been severely reduced as well. Together We Rise is providing critical support to Boston’s resettled refugee population, demonstrating the Jewish community’s commitment to caring and social justice. Together We Rise is a 3-year initiative that began in July 2018, with the goal of serving 1,000 refugees.

JVS and CJP are working together to raise a total of $3,000,000 for this project. To date, nearly $2 million has been raised. The Shapiro Foundation and Larry and Atsuko Fish – Fish Family Foundation both made lead gifts to this project. The Fish Family Foundation’s Request for Proposals led JVS to begin articulating the vision for this project.

Take Action

Volunteer to do a mock interview, offer networking assistance, or conduct an informational interview with refugee clients.

Connect your employer’s HR department with JVS’s Refugee Employment Services team.

Make a donation to support Together We Rise and help refugees feel welcome in Boston