7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT REFUGEES IN AMERICA

AUTHOR: Kristina DeVesty, Guest Blogger There has been a lot of heated political discussion about refugees lately and how they maintain their livelihood once they arrive in the United States. The fact is, most of us are probably a little in the dark when it comes to understanding the employment process for a refugee. Some … More 7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT REFUGEES IN AMERICA

Volunteers Take to the Streets Celebrating LSS/NCA’s 100 Years of Service

May 8, 2017 (Washington, DC) On a May Saturday, dozens of volunteers, staff and partner organizations joined Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS/NCA) in celebration, solidarity and service to celebrate 100 years of LSS/NCA.  Into the Streets, the single largest community-wide day of service in the organization’s known history was a bold demonstration … More Volunteers Take to the Streets Celebrating LSS/NCA’s 100 Years of Service

Resettling the Rasoolys (WAMU 88.5 Features LSS/NCA refugee family)

ORIGINAL POST: WAMU; Carmel Delshad On a recent afternoon, Hashmatulla Rasooly and his wife sat at the dining table in their Maryland home going through a cultural orientation session with their case worker, Tanya Vitusagavulu. The couple’s two-year-old son squirmed in his mother’s lap. The family, which also includes a daughter, arrived from Afghanistan just under two … More Resettling the Rasoolys (WAMU 88.5 Features LSS/NCA refugee family)

Long Term Implications of the President’s Executive Order

In last week’s blog we addressed the short term implication’s of the President’s new executive order on both refugees and residents here and abroad. Today, the executive Order would have officially taken. Hours before its initiation, Federal judges halted the new executive order saying it was targeted to exclude one religion and group of people. … More Long Term Implications of the President’s Executive Order

Immediate Implications of the New Executive Order

On March 6, 2017 President Trump released a new Executive Order, effective on March 16, 2017, addressing refugee resettlement in the United States, revoking and replacing the controversial Executive Order 13769 that was released in January. The new order has significant similarities to and differences from the original order. It is important to be aware … More Immediate Implications of the New Executive Order

Fostering Hope: How LSS/NCA Brings Families Together

Author: Kristina DeVesty, Guest Blogger According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on any given day there are nearly 428,000 children in foster care. The phrase “foster care” often comes loaded with negative connotations, myths, and stereotypes. Those of us outside the system may struggle to understand it, or how to best … More Fostering Hope: How LSS/NCA Brings Families Together