Hias Inc

Rating: 4.88 stars   32 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Immigration, International

Location: 333 Seventh Avenue 16th Floor New York NY 10001 USA

Mission: As the central migration agency of the international Jewish community, HIAS is guided by Jewish values and our shared history of migrations to: (1)assist Jewish and other refugees and migrants escaping violence, repression and poverty find safety and security in the United States, Israel and elsewhere; (2) facilitate their resettlement and other forms of assistance through a network of local service agencies; (3) advocate on their behalf at the international, national and community levels; and(4)connect each generation of Jews, one to the other.
Programs: The HIAS Location Service was established early in the twentieth century to help emigres re-establish contact with family and friends with whom they had lost touch during the years of massive Jewish migration. The HIAS Location Service faced its greatest challenge after World War II, when it helped thousands of displaced persons contact their U.S. relatives.

Today, HIAS continues to receive many requests from people around the world who are trying to locate their relatives and friends. Additional inquiries come from those who are engaged in genealogical research and wish to learn about the origins and experiences of their ancestors who immigrated to this country early in the last century.
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

HIAS is an organization that has really helped people all over the world. HIAS assists in resettling refugees and has done the same for my family and me. In addition, HIAS award scholarships to refugee children in need and I was a beneficiary of such a scholarship. Their actions speak louder than words.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It assisted my family and me as refugeess to settle into the US. It also awarded me with a scholarship towards college.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It is an organization that really wants to help make a difference in people's lives so that they are not persecuted in their home countries.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Figure out ways to put the money to best use.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I am a college student and I just transferred to UCLA from community college. Hias is great and by the help of their scholarship that they awarded to me they have supported part of my education and helped me be able to afford to continue going to school. I cannot thank HIAS enough for their support.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping students affording school

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

understanding students and trying their best to help them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

understanding and helpfull.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

support more students and their families to be able to afford college and education.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I love this organization! They are very helpful and I am grateful for them! Thanks for everything and good luck in the future.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very kind and giving.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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3 people found this review helpful

Extremely great organization that helped my frinds and I to keep pursuing our goals in life. I give my out most greatest praise to this organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I received a scholarship award from this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not make any changes.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their generosity to help others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All extremely nice and and very polite.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help a great deal of people, like it once halped me.

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

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One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

My family was sponsored by HIAS during immigration from Ukraine in 1993. Although I do not know many details of their support, HIAS personally helped me by awarding a scholarship for my undergraduate studies.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping Jewish immigrant students finance their higher education

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

a scholarship was provided for all four years of college

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

They helped throughout the immigration and even in United States with everything. They were great. I would not have the life I have today if it wasn't because of HIAS.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Immmigration office, and scholarship program

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

It was as great as it is today in Vienna as it was 5 years ago when I immigrated.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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4 people found this review helpful

HIAS is an amazing organization. They helped me and many others to come from Uzbekistan, as refugeese, and start a new, free life in the United States of America. Without their help, my entire life would be different. They gave me the opportunity to become an American citizen and to live in this wonderful country, where I am free to practice Judaism. Furthermore, HIAS offers a scholarship for those immigrants who came through HIAS and have excelled in their academic studies in universities. I feel that they have played a great role in many people's lives. So many immigrants owe their thanks to HIAS. Their assistance will influence the future of many young people looking to live a life of freedom and justice. I was only five an half years old when they helped my parents achieve our dreams of coming to the land of opportunity. When it came time for me to go to college, HIAS stepped in once again by providing me with a scholarship for my education.

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I know many people who came to the US, as refugees who were being forced out of their home countries, all thanks to HIAS. They provided me & other excelling students with a scholarship for college. I was fortunate enough to have been helped by them as wel

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They really care about you as a person.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Truly great people. Really care about the Jewish nation and others as well.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

They basically are saving lives by taking people out of danger from the country that would otherwise murder them based on their identity.They help these people settle into the country. With more finances, they can offer these people temp. financial suppor

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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4 people found this review helpful

It is an organization that really helps people. I was one of them. Hias helped me financially to pay for my tuition.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could really help people more with their needs. The could serve new emigrants iven better. Help more students, and make it easier for elders.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

HIAS has been a wonderful source of support and inspiration to me. HIAS had awarded a scholarship to me for academic excellence and community service which helped me excel and eventually go to medical school. Now I am a successful physicial partly thanks to HIAS.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it's staff and their friendly and helpful advice

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1998-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

As an immigrant to the United States, it was hard for my family and myself to adjust. HIAS has helped us a great deal and even provided me with a scholarship towards my college education. I greatly appreciate all the help HIAS has given to me and my family!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help many immigrants creat a life for themselves in a new environment so they can return to HIAS and become future donors since they have experienced first hand how great this organization is!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

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