Mar 29, 2022
Debbie Michels, Jewish Family Services
Refugee Resettlement Housing Program

Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley is one of only two agencies resettling refugees in Santa Clara County.  With the Afghan crisis and now the influx of Ukrainian refugees, JFS SV needs help more than ever to support our resettlement efforts and help these refugees start their new lives here. This presentation will give a brief overview of JFS SV, what services we provide to refugees and how the community can help.

Debbie is the refugee resettlement housing coordinator for Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley responsible for sourcing and providing temporary and permanent housing for refugees who resettle in Santa Clara County.  She also works as a marketing coordinator for a real estate agent at the Christie’s Sereno office in Los Gatos.  A long-time volunteer in the community, Debbie ran successful auctions for the local elementary and high schools, volunteered in various capacities with Jewish Family Services and was the Vice President of Membership on the executive board at Temple Emanu-El, the oldest reform Jewish synagogue in San Jose.  Debbie was born and raised in San Jose, graduated from UC Irvine and moved back to the area where she and her husband raised their two sons.