JVS is committed to providing safety and opportunity for refugees in Kansas City. With an eye on enhancing our community through inclusion and accessibility for all, we help hundreds of refugees each year make Kansas City their home.

“I am studying to become a computer scientist and I hope to repay JVS one day when I reach my goals.” -Ali, Afghani Refugee

For additional information,
please contact:

Alissa Fortney-Tombaugh

Resettlement Services Manager

How We Help

Refugees are individuals and families who have been forced to flee their countries because of fear of persecution for their race, ethnicity, religion, political beliefs or membership in a particular social group. The United States Refugee Admissions Program provides protection and eases suffering for the most vulnerable refugees by offering them safe haven through permanent resettlement. Refugee resettlement is an important humanitarian response. Resettlement is a critical tool for foreign policy, it strengthens our economy and it enriches our society. Services provided to refugees include:

  • Support for basic needs, including housing and healthcare
  • Employment assistance
  • Referrals to schools and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes
  • Community orientation

Learn more about the refugee experience.


Thank you for your gift to JVS. You make our work possible.