Refugee Assistance

Refugees are individuals who are unable or unwilling to return to their own country due to fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

Refugee Medical Assistance
Refugees not eligible for Medicaid may be eligible for Refugee Medical Assistance for the first 8 months in the United States.

Refugee Cash Assistance -
Refugees not eligible for Ohio Works First cash assistance may be eligible for Refugee Cash Assistance for the first 8 months in the United States.

Shelby County Ohio Job Family Services Refugee Assistance

How to Apply      
Step 1: Submit an application
You can submit your application in the following ways: Online for cash & food at:  www.odjfsbenefits.ohio.gov
Online for medical benefits if you are over age 65 or have Medicare at:  www.odjfsbenefits.ohio.gov
Online for Medicaid through the self service portal:  www.benefits.ohio.gov
By phone by calling:

937-498-4981

option 3, then option 3 and a paper application will be mailed to you.

In person by visiting the agency to obtain an application to complete:

Shelby County Job & Family Services
227 South Ohio Avenue
Sidney, OH  45365


After completing a paper application, you may return the application in person, by mail, or by fax:

(937) 498-7396

Step 2: Gather Verification Documents
As part of the application, you will need to submit a number of verification documents.  The specific documents are listed in the application, but in general we will need to verify:

  • Who is in the household
  • All household income,  and
Basic information such as identity, Social Security Number(s) and Birth Verifications

 


Step 3: The Interview
Once you have submitted your application for cash or food assistance, a caseworker will meet with you to complete your interview. If you are unable to stay for an interview, you will be given an appointment to call into the agency to complete a phone interview. 

You may call into the agency at:

(937) 498-4981

option 3, option 1

Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 10:30 am

If you are employed, you may also call into the agency on Tuesdays, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

If you are only interested in receiving Medicaid benefits, you will not need to complete an interview.

Step 4: Return any Additional Verifications
At the end of your interview, the eligibility worker will send you a checklist of any additional verification documents we need to complete your case.  You may return the documents to our front desk staff, fax verifications to:

937-498-7396

or by mail to:

Shelby  County Job & Family Services
227 South Ohio Avenue
Sidney, OH  45365

For more information on other services available to Refugees, contact:

614-466-4815

or email refugee@jfs.ohio.gov

MESSAGE BOARD

Employment Workshops

OhioMeansJobs Shelby County
offers free employment workshops.
Workshop participants have the
opportunity to improve their job
seeking skills to aid in finding a
new job or to brush up on skills
to retain a job once they are working.
Workshops are taught by instructors
from Upper Valley Career Center and
the Adult Basic Literacy Program (ABLE).
To register for a workshop, call
OhioMeansJobs Shelby County at
937-498-4981 Extension 2816

 

Resume Writing Workshop
Emphasis on the importance of a resume.
Writing high quality cover letters.

11/27/17, & 12/11/17


Interviewing Skills Workshop
Selling yourself at the interview.
Difficult interview questions.

12/13/17


Job Search Skills Workshop
Review methods to find job openings.

12/6/17


Good Employee Skills Workshop
Review Employer Expectations.

11/22/17, & 12/20/17


Basic Computer Skills Workshop
Review basic computer skills and get signed up for an online course.

11/29/17, & 12/27/17

View Workshop Flyer  

HIRING EVENTS & JOB LEADS

 

Shelby County Ohio Job Family Services Local Job Postings

View Local Job Opportunities  

Visit us on Facebook

 



 


 

ADDRESS 227 South Ohio Avenue
Sidney, Ohio 45365
PHONE 937-498-4981
FAX 937-498-7396
HOURS M, W, TH, F - 7:30 am - 4 pm
Tuesdays - 7:30 am - 6 pm