The recently approved Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019, H.J. Res 31, contained $5 million in funding to support an additional 4,000 Afghan Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs), an advocacy priority for LSS/NCA. The bill, signed by the President on February 15th, also contains language directing the State Department to create and implement a system of prioritization … More Recent Appropriations Bill Includes 4,000 Additional Afghan SIVs
Author: Dara Yah’ya, Youth Development & Welness Manager Just 14 days earlier she shared how nervous she was to disclose her status to her boyfriend. Now here she was back at Group sharing her success story. “I used the plan we talked about at camp. At first he made me mad, but I calmed myself … More A Brave Girl’s Attempt to End the HIV Epidemic
Author: Bethelehem Haile, Guest Blogger As we usher in Black History Month and celebrate both well and little-known figures that advanced the civil rights movement, it is also important to highlight challenges that continue to affect the black community disproportionately, such as HIV. With the reduction of new HIV infections by two-thirds, attention to the subject … More Black HIV Awareness: Get Educated. Get Tested. Get Involved.
By: Bradley Davis, Guest Blogger Winter Storm Emergency Kit (https://www.economical.com/en/blog/economical-blog/february-2017/before-during-and-after-a-winter-power-outage) – This visual guide, and the article that accompanies it, outlines how to prepare for one of winter’s most common problems: power outages. A winter storm kit can keep your family safe and warm and keep an inconvenience from turning into a true emergency. Home … More Be Prepared This Winter
Author: Guest Blogger Even though that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is a U.S. government run program, you might be surprised to know that even if you are a refugee, you could still qualify for Social Security benefits. The SSA gives out monthly benefits for people who cannot work due to a disability. The two … More How to Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits If You’re a Non-Citizen
Author: Dieudonne, Unaccompanied Refugee Minor My journey began 14 years ago when I was 3 years old. I was living in DRC Congo with my grandparents. Both my parents had died. There were always wars going on. There was always shooting. It was never safe. One night, we were inside the house. People broke in. … More A Refugee Youth Remembers the Night He Fled & Now Has Dreams to Fly
Author: Bethelehem Haile The holiday season is a time of togetherness and reflection. This is no different for many refugees who have come to call the U.S. home and have adopted American traditions as well as kept their home country customs. For many, it is a pause from the grueling cycle of hardship that comes … More What do the Holidays Mean to a Refugee?
Author: Wendy Hahn, Guest Blogger & Advocate On September 5, 2018 Washington D.C. was blazing hot with heat indexes exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The extreme heat seemed a fitting backdrop for the topic we had gathered to discuss: immigration. In the basement of Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital … More Walking the shoes of John McCain: Seeking Bipartisanship & Safety for SIVs
Have you taken your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) yet for 2018? If you are 70 ½ or older, you can make a contribution to Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS/NCA) directly from your Traditional IRA simply by instructing the plan administrator to make the transfer directly to LSS/NCA as a Qualified Charitable … More IRA Charitable Gifts
November 19, 2018 Samantha Deshommes Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division Office of Policy and Strategy U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department of Homeland Security 20 Massachusetts Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20529-2140 Re: DHS Docket No. USCIS-2010-0012 Dear Ms. Deshommes: This letter provides the comments of Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS/NCA) on the proposed … More LSS/NCA Comments on DHS Proposed “Public Charge” Rule