Along with Catholic Charities, World Relief and the Florida Department of Children and Families’ Refugee Services Program, Lutheran Social Services hosted a celebratory event on June 19 to honor the thousands of local refugees who have restarted their lives in Jacksonville after being forced from their homelands.
The event began at the Main Library on N. Laura Street at 11 a.m. with a naturalization ceremony for former refugees and other immigrants becoming American citizens, followed by a celebration at Hemming Park. The refugee families showcased their cultures through music, dance, art, a children’s parade and other activities.
Lutheran Social Services has provided aid to local refugees for 35 years by helping them find homes and jobs as well as connecting them with healthcare and education services. Last year, the nonprofit assisted more than 2,300 refugees in adapting to new lives in the U.S.