LSS/NCA Comments on DHS Proposed “Public Charge” Rule

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

A Family Reunion 36 Years in the Making

Faith is assurance of things hoped for, proof of things not seen.  (Hebrews 11:1) Social worker Imelda Rempson lives the agency’s mission of offering hope and rebuilding lives by diligently seeking information about adoptees’ birth families and facilitating reunions.  In 2017, LSS/NCA united 27 families through the private adoption search and reunion process.  Each year, … More A Family Reunion 36 Years in the Making

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.


Author: Jermoni Benson, 8th Grade Me and my mom have not been in a grocery store in a While. Being pregnant she couldn’t do much in Afghanistan but in America the opportunities are endless. I almost cry reminiscing the crowded market of Afghanistan as i look at the aisle piled with food. I see it- … More Cardamom

I Want to Go Home

Author: Madison Jones, 8th Grade I want to go home. After an exhausting day all I can think about is going back home. The dust that would come up on the road, The tangy-sweet smell of the market. Everything that I loved Is gone. I don’t understand how I do it, But I fall asleep. … More I Want to Go Home

The Power of Words

By Guest Blogger Emily Page Social media has become a powerful and pervasive part of our daily news. One particular medium allows people to send 140 character messages to millions of people in an instant, with little time taken to edit or consider the weight that words can carry. The messages on this medium has fueled … More The Power of Words


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