Helping the New Immigrant Achieve His Own Beginning in the United States

By Mary Russak

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare, December 1949

The author, a member of the United Service for New Americans, begins by exploring the general psychology of migration, and then delves into a discussion of the psychological effect of migration on the Jewish immigrant to the United States after World War II, though this article is predominantly concerned only with those immigrants who have applied for agency assistance. Ultimately, it is clear that to Russak, the main function of the agency is to provide initial, "beginning" assistance (i.e. financial, career, and emotional assistance), yet almost more importantly, the agency must empower the immigrant to take control of his or her adjustment to America. Further, the author also provides both a discussion of the services provided by her agency, and an account of the conditions under which financial assistance is given to immigrants. Finally, the article concludes with a detailed description of two specific case studies.

Topic: Migration, Social Services, Psychology/Psychiatry, Mental Health, Refugees

Name of Publication: The Jewish Social Service Quarterly

Editor: Aptekar, Herbert H.

Volume/Issue: Vol.26/no.2

Page Number(s): 239-254

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Russak, Mary. Helping the New Immigrant Achieve His Own Beginning in the United States. The Jewish Social Service Quarterly. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare. December 1949: 239-254. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5326


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