Supreme Court Decision Stays Travel Ban

Since early December, the US has blocked an unknown number of people from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and Venezuela from entering the US. Individuals from banned countries are theoretically eligible for waivers, but in practice, waivers are few and far between. After one month, 8,400 people had applied for waivers; and … More Supreme Court Decision Stays Travel Ban

Investing in Refugees Pays Dividends for Our Economy

Author: Vanessa Brown, LSS/NCA Board Member Recognizing refugee’s contributions to our economy is an important part of reframing the dehumanizing narrative that refugees are a financial drain on more productive members of U.S. society. Many hold misconceptions on how much assistance the U.S. government provides to refugees relative to what they give back; unaware that … More Investing in Refugees Pays Dividends for Our Economy

After Experiencing Struggle, URM is Determined to Become a Doctor.

Author: Valeska Fernandez, LSS/NCA Staff Esperant Kazzembe isn’t your ordinary teenager. As a youth in the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) program, he’s making huge strides towards independence and making his dreams of being a neurosurgeon come true. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Esperant had fled with his siblings to Uganda where he stayed … More After Experiencing Struggle, URM is Determined to Become a Doctor.

Leaping Over

Author: Toni Jackson, 8th Grade “Leaping Over” The tent began to rattle like a feather beneath the hot wind. My stomach churned, begging for food that wasn’t available. I stand, leap over my mother and father. Making sure not to awake the 8 other bodies in the tent. All of them, my family. Outside, I … More Leaping Over

Inspired to Serve

Author: Dana Lea, Volunteer Volunteering is a gift, which any of us is able to lend to those in need. Whether it’s tutoring students with their homework, showing a newly arrived refugee family how to navigate their new community, fostering a child fleeing war or persecution, or facilitating Youth Haven Camps, you can make an … More Inspired to Serve

LSS/NCA Closes Traditional and Therapeutic Foster Care Program After 60 Years of Service

While LSS/NCA says goodbye to the children, foster parents and birth families to whom we’ve  provided foster care services for almost fifty years, we continue to keep our doors, and our hearts and minds, open to the needs of the surrounding community.  LSS/NCA’s mission is to ‘walk with those in need by mobilizing partners and … More LSS/NCA Closes Traditional and Therapeutic Foster Care Program After 60 Years of Service