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.

Cardamom

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

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

HELPING HAND: A CONVERSATION WITH ASINATE VITUSAGAVULU, LSS/NCA REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT CASE WORKER

By Guest Blogger Kristina DeVesty When a refugee arrives in America, perhaps one of the most important people they will come in contact with is their Resettlement Case Worker. Asinate Vitusagavulu is a Reception and Placement Case Manager for LSS/NCA, and she explained just how much the organization does, and what is wishes it could … More HELPING HAND: A CONVERSATION WITH ASINATE VITUSAGAVULU, LSS/NCA REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT CASE WORKER

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