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PTS HIAS Welcome Circle

Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, over 6.5 million people have fled. Neighboring countries have been providing short-term accommodations, but volume is high and as time goes on, capacity is stretched. 

In response to this critical need, a number of PTS members have created a Welcome Circle and are partnering with HIAS to welcome a Ukrainian family to our area. 

We need your help to raise the $36,000 needed to support a Ukrainian family for a period of six months as they transition to independence in the Bay Area.

100% of the funds will be used to support the family’s travel, start-up, and living expenses over a period of six months. The Welcome Circle’s role will include helping the family to secure housing, enroll children in school, sign up for benefits, find employment, and orient themselves to their community.  

A significant portion of the resettlement budget will go towards housing costs. If you are able to donate or provide highly subsidized private housing for the family (e.g., an apartment or ADU), please contact us at welcomecircle@sholom.org.

Irina Feltsman

Gene Podkaminer

In the coming weeks we’ll be matched with a family. In preparation, we are following the HIAS guidelines to be ready to support them here in the Bay Area. We will keep the community updated via the Schmooze and this webpage. Once we know more about the family and their needs, we will be reaching back out for donations of furniture, electronics, and in-kind services.

On a personal note, HIAS was the driving force in resettling several members of our PTS Welcome Circle as they fled the USSR. Click pictures on this page to hear their stories.

Whether this is an opportunity to pay it forward, or just because you can, please take this opportunity to meaningfully help a Ukrainian family by providing your financial support today.


Contact the PTS HIAS Welcome Circle with questions or ideas at welcomecircle@sholom.org.

You can learn more about HIAS and the resettlement process on the HIAS Welcome Circle website.

With gratitude to the Shaine Family Social Justice Fund for helping to support the work of the PTS HIAS Welcome Circle.

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