BEADS OF FAITH

By Guest Blogger Kristina DeVesty In our last blog post, you met Asinate Vitusagavulu, an LSS/NCA Refugee Resettlement Case Worker who has worked to help dozens of refugee families establish new roots here in the United Stated.  Today, she offers a story of respect and kindness that might impact how you see your refugee neighbors. … More BEADS OF FAITH

The Impact of the DC Child Welfare System’s Redesign on LSSNCA’s Service Delivery

By: Kichelle Coleman, Children’s Services Director  2017 is proving to be a pivotal year for the LSSNCA Children Services Program.  As we are celebrating 100 years of Serving Boldly, LSSNCA’s foster care program is facing a huge shift in continuing care to abused and neglected children. In late March, the Child and Family Services Agency … More The Impact of the DC Child Welfare System’s Redesign on LSSNCA’s Service Delivery

Stories of Community and Hope from Summer Camp

By: Ruth Osorio, Guest Blogger Summer camp is about stories. Sure, it’s also about camp fires, archery, arts and crafts, and spending time in nature. But stories are what make camp such a special place for so many children and young adults. Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area’s Youth Haven Summer Camp is … More Stories of Community and Hope from Summer Camp

Living Lutheran Magazine Features LSS/NCA

“In places of Washington D.C., where tourists rarely visit, a quiet epidemic is raging. At least 3% of residents–more than 20,000 people–suffer from HIV and AIDS. According to the Washington Post, the HIV incidence rate in D.C. is on par with Uganda and Kenya.”  This is the opening line to Living Lutheran Magazine’s centerfold article … More Living Lutheran Magazine Features LSS/NCA

Foster Care, Refugee, and Youth Haven Teens Explore the Future

Youth Haven, refugee, and foster care youth explored careers and higher education options this spring at our first ever combined-program retreat.  LSS/NCA youth, ages 15-20, were invited to explore various career and educational opportunities while building new friendships.  Retreat attendees included DC-born youth and immigrants from around the world.  Bringing together young people from diverse … More Foster Care, Refugee, and Youth Haven Teens Explore the Future