Photos Clockwise: At the airport: Lucia Panichella (JFS), Ed Shapiro (Shapiro Foundation), Jane Stockman (Alight), Alina, Oksana Shcherbakova (Alight), Anna Machenko (Alight), Igor Khislavsky (TBS volunteer), and a welcome sign! At Alina’s new apartment: Ukrainian snacks as part of the warm welcome to her new apartment.

Recently JFS of Metrowest along with many other partners such as Bright Horizons, Alight, The Shapiro Foundation, Miles 4 Migrants, Talent Beyond Boundaries, and Social Finance have come together for The Job Sponsorship Pathway program. This program builds on the Biden Administration’s Uniting for Ukraine program. The Uniting for Ukraine program has helped over 117,000 Ukrainians migrate to the U.S. This community of organizations is focused on providing Ukrainian families end-to-end support along their entire migration journey. Each organization plays a critical role in helping to reimagine what the resettlement process can look and feel like for newcomers. JFS of Metrowest in Framingham, MA, is the community partner welcoming Alina and Yuliia in early May and providing the first 90 days of housing and case management services.

JFS Metrowest provides vital social, health, and community services to alleviate suffering, enhance lives and support people in need. JFS has focused, throughout its history, on serving the urgent needs of poor and marginalized people of all faiths and backgrounds, seeking to accelerate social, academic, and health equity. JFS has been doing resettlement work from its very inception and it is very much part of the JFS DNA going back to the resettlement of Russians from the Former Soviet Union.

Bright Horizons is a leading global provider of high-quality early education and childcare, and workforce education services. For more than 35 years, they have partnered with employers to support workforces by providing services that help working families and employees thrive personally and professionally.

Alight is an international humanitarian organization serving 4 million people in more than 20 countries each year. Alight exists to walk alongside those who- by sheer circumstances- find themselves on the long and arduous journey of displacement. We go beyond basic needs, co-create with refugees and displaced people to build a life filled with joy, dignity, and purpose. Alight is a community of organizations including Kuja Kuja, Eastern Congo Project, Questscope, and ORAM.

The Shapiro Foundation is a proud leader in serving the world’s most vulnerable population- the 100 million refugees, internally displaced people and asylum-seekers. Through meaningful partnership across five continents, our goals are to alleviate suffering in the most extreme situations and to actively develop creative resettlement opportunities in advance economies.

Social Finance is a national impact finance and advisory nonprofit who work with the public, private, and social sectors to create partnerships and investments that measurably improve lives.

Talent Beyond Boundaries was the first organization to pioneer talent mobility for displaced people. TBB works with governments, partners, and the private sector to ensure that refugees and other displaced people have equal access to skilled migration pathways.

Miles 4 Migrants upholds human rights by removing transportation barriers impacting the most vulnerable forced migrants, including victims of war, persecution, torture, and climate disaster.

The program starts at recruiting, to matching, and then to resettlement support. Candidates are identified in Ukraine and Poland online and offline with trusted partners such as Alight. The information gathered is then stored securely with Talent Beyond Boundaries job catalog and shared with U.S. employers. Stage two begins with matching candidates with U.S. based employers. These U.S. employers have been brought into this program thanks to Social Finance and Talent Beyond Boundaries. There are specific cities in the U.S. that have resettlement partners to support the transition and ensure success at work, home, and in the community. Stage three consists of Alight facilitating sponsorship paperwork, working with local services post- arrival to ensure transportation, housing, jobs, and any other support needed is in place. Alight resettlement support is most intensive for the first 45 days, but is in place throughout the first year in the U.S.

Funding for this program is limited – click here to make a donation and help support these victims of war as they work to build a new life in Metrowest Greater Boston.