FILLING THE GAPS FOR NEIGHBORS IN NEED

For 35 years, Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida has helped hundreds of thousands of very different people through a broad range of services. Initially, it may seem that our programs are disconnected lines of support. Yet if you take a broader look, you’ll notice how the outstanding teams supporting all of these programs are simply filling in the gaps for neighbors in need and creating one big beautiful picture of improved lives in the process.

STATEMENT FROM MARY STRICKLAND
CEO OF LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA

The new executive order temporarily suspending the U.S. refugee resettlement program has been put on hold by federal judges in multiple states. The refugee services team at Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida is monitoring the situation closely and continues to work with refugee families every day here in Jacksonville.

For over 35 years, we have successfully helped thousands of refugees find opportunities for new beginnings in America as they flee violence, oppression and persecution around the world. We are asking the community for support during this time of uncertainty for our refugee families. Jacksonville has always been a community that welcomes refugees and asylum seekers, and we’re confident that our citizens will continue to show local refugees that they can be an integral part of our community.

REFUGEE VETTING

The United States only resettles individuals who have been thoroughly vetted over the course of years. The U.S. handpicks every refugee who is resettled here. Refugees must pass through a series of security screenings, including biographic and biometric checks, medical screenings, forensic document testing, and in-person interviews. A refugee’s identity is checked against law enforcement and intelligence databases including those of the National Counterterrorism Center, the Department of Defense, the FBI, the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER, DONATE ITEMS, MAKE A MONETARY DONATION

Interested in getting involved with Lutheran Social Services? Each of our four main programs can benefit from your support, but right now we are most focused on helping our Refugee Services program. We thank you in advance for considering become a volunteer, donating items or making a donation to any of our programs.

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