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 Supreme Court recently allowed parts of President Trump’s travel ban to temporarily go into effect, including the 120-day suspension of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.

 While the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on this case in October, the suspension of the refugee resettlement program is expected to go into effect within 72 hours – with an exemption for individuals who can make a credible claim to a “bona fide” relationship with a person or entity in the U.S.

 The leadership team at Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida (LSS) is working to understand the impacts this suspension will have on our organization and the refugees who are currently in the process of resettling in our community.   

 LSS has facilitated this type of refugee resettlement for more than 35 years, helping thousands of innocent families escape religious discrimination, persecution, violence and injustice.

 We hope to continue our mission of providing new beginnings for these individuals and families as we believe it is the very foundation of our country’s commitment to freedom and justice for people seeking a democratic way of life. 

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.

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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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