HELPING HAND: AN 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: AN 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

World Refugee Day: Celebrating our Refugee Neighbors

Author: Annalane Miller, Intern World Refugee Day is designated by the UN as a day to become informed about the plight of refugees, celebrate their strength, courage and contributions, and show your support for these families and the cultural diversity they contribute to our communities. In fiscal year 2016, 84,995 refugees came to the United … More World Refugee Day: Celebrating our Refugee Neighbors

Volunteers Take to the Streets Celebrating LSS/NCA’s 100 Years of Service

May 8, 2017 (Washington, DC) On a May Saturday, dozens of volunteers, staff and partner organizations joined Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS/NCA) in celebration, solidarity and service to celebrate 100 years of LSS/NCA.  Into the Streets, the single largest community-wide day of service in the organization’s known history was a bold demonstration … More Volunteers Take to the Streets Celebrating LSS/NCA’s 100 Years of Service

Immediate Implications of the New Executive Order

On March 6, 2017 President Trump released a new Executive Order, effective on March 16, 2017, addressing refugee resettlement in the United States, revoking and replacing the controversial Executive Order 13769 that was released in January. The new order has significant similarities to and differences from the original order. It is important to be aware … More Immediate Implications of the New Executive Order

Fostering Hope: How LSS/NCA Brings Families Together

Author: Kristina DeVesty, Guest Blogger According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on any given day there are nearly 428,000 children in foster care. The phrase “foster care” often comes loaded with negative connotations, myths, and stereotypes. Those of us outside the system may struggle to understand it, or how to best … More Fostering Hope: How LSS/NCA Brings Families Together

Sudanese Man Falls to His Knees in Middle of Texas Airport to Praise God After Emotional Reunion With Family

A reminder of true gratitude this Thanksgiving! “The story began back in 2012 when a Sudanese woman showed up in Forth Worth, Texas, pregnant and with her two small children. Her husband couldn’t make the trip, unable to leave the refugee camp because the couple had lost their marriage papers while fleeing war. They had … More Sudanese Man Falls to His Knees in Middle of Texas Airport to Praise God After Emotional Reunion With Family