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

Hundreds Turn Out to Stand With Refugees & Immigrants at LSS/NCA’s 100-Year Celebration

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

Crowds of People

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

I Wake.

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.