Author Archives: lssjaxadmin

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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07 Mar
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LSS Finds Dynamic New Leadership in Mary Strickland

The Board of Directors of Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida has selected Mary Strickland as the organization’s new president and CEO. Strickland’s career includes a broad range of professional experiences. She started as an emergency room nurse and later ...

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02 Mar
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Do You Really Know Where Your Cell Phone Comes From?

From L to R: Ahmad Mehry, Nyaok Biluony, Soki Vihugho, Mi Nge, Iddy Manzi. Ni Win also participated but is not pictured. That was the question posed by six 9th- and 10th-grade Englewood High School students in their submission to ...

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10 Feb
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SNAP Changes Affect Local Families – and Pantry Shelves

Sometimes one small change has unintended consequences. Recently, our Nourishment Network food pantry has seen the ripple effects of a change that the Florida Department of Children and Families made to the distribution schedule for SNAP benefits, commonly known as ...

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