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.
Author: David Gomez, 8th Grade I run, Fast like a waterfall hitting the group of rocks, Fast, wishing to be superluminal. My feet repeatedly hitting the ground, I stop until it hurts. I can’t take it, My heart feeling like it’s been shot. I stop at the sidewalk, Behind a church, A volcano of tears … More I run, fast like a waterfall
Author: Ny’Onnie White, 8th Grade The “Chug Chug” of the soldiers boots outside my door The hushed scared whispers inside my parent’s door “You must go” ………. “You cannot stay”…….”We will be ok” Will we? The only thing that make me feel safe is the cha’i tea my mom makes The warm sweet smell fills … More The “Chug Chug” of the Soldiers
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
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
Author: Niyah Pryor, 8th Grade I only wanted a drink. 9/11 happened People died A plane crashed People blamed the Muslims I’m from Kurdistan Where the people don’t have their own country, Where other countries harass us into giving them our land But we refuse Every Time And get tormented Every Time. I walk into … More I Only Wanted A Drink
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
Passport to the World Event Opens a Dialog for Welcoming and Boldly Serving Those in Need Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS/NCA) culminated its 100th year of community service at Passport to the World on March 1, 2018, an exclusive event celebrating the diversity, hopes and dreams of the DC community. Held at … More Hundreds Turn Out to Stand With Refugees & Immigrants at LSS/NCA’s 100-Year Celebration
Author: Jeremiah Champ, 8th grade Crowds of people walking around like bees surrounding honey, small stands placed everywhere like a market. Finally a stand we are familiar with there flapping in the wind. Hangs a familiar Bosnian style flag. Bringing home closer to us! Tugging on mom’s coat while pointing speechless as to what I … More Crowds of People
Author: Jahmil Proctor I wake. Brush my teeth. A massive attack on New York Just happened yesterday. They call it 9/11. I walk through the school. I suddenly fall as someone tripped me. I quickly get up as everyone laughs. I run to my locker, people’s insults Thrown like a game of toss. I walk … More I Wake.