Author Archives: lssjaxadmin

19 Dec
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New HIV Clinic to Open Onsite at LSS

You may have seen AIDS Care & Education director Heather Vaughan on the news a lot lately. It’s because LSS has exciting news to share–the opening of an HIV clinic onsite this spring! The announcement was made in conjunction with ...

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28 Sep
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What Would You Do?

No money. No connections. No ability to communicate with those around you. Your children are hungry. You fear for their safety. What would you do? These are the questions that University of North Florida students grappled with last night as ...

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20 Sep
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Different Path, Same Destination

Today’s guest blogger is Natalie Holland, a student at University of North Florida who is interning with LSS this semester. Natalie is pictured, above left, with the children of the refugee family she mentors. As a first year biology student, ...

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30 Aug
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Getting Back Her Life’s Purpose

Guest Blog by Cathy Heffernan, LSS employment specialist For us employment specialists, it is never easy to place someone with professional training and experience in labor-type jobs because they are unable to speak English and/or do not have American certifications. ...

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11 Jul
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“She Wished for a Chance to be a Successful Family…”

Mu Dah and her husband Pah Kyar spent nine years living in three different refugee camps in Thailand with their children. Finally, in 2011, they got the news they had been waiting for: they’d been granted refugee status and would be ...

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09 Jun
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Refugee Students in the News

Local media outlets continue to highlight the hard work and successes of our refugee students. Junior Wude, a refugee from Uganda and a brand new graduate of Englewood High School, was featured June 8 by Action News Jacksonville.  (Junior is pictured above ...

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02 Jun
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Local Media Helps Spread Word About Refugee Student Campaign

LSS has been in the news this week in a big way, with front page coverage in today’s Florida Times-Union and premier placement in last night’s 11 p.m. broadcast of First Coast News! Both features highlighted our refugee student program ...

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25 May
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LSS CEO on First Coast Connect

LSS’ president and CEO Mary Strickland appeared on WJCT’s First Coast Connect radio program today, talking with host Melissa Ross about the agency’s new direction (Mary’s segment begins at 40:55). She appeared alongside Luke Layow, new president and CEO of ...

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23 May
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Betzy Santiago Joins LSS as Director of International Programs

Betzy Santiago recently joined Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida (LSS) as the director of international programs. She is responsible for overseeing the success of the nonprofit’s refugee services programs that serve thousands of refugees in Jacksonville every year. Santiago joined ...

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