-By Marla Sell, Lead Case Manager, Lutheran Congregational Services
So far this year, Lutheran Congregational Services, a service of Liberty Lutheran, has resettled 36 refugees in the Lehigh Valley and will resettle 30 additional refugees when they are cleared to travel to the US.
“Refugee” is a legal term given to anyone who is unable or unwilling to return to their home country because of a well-founded fear of persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or social group. The LCS Refugee Resettlement Program is a local affiliate of the national Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, which assists refugees and asylees through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State. Provided in collaboration with previously-arrived relatives, co-sponsoring churches and organizations and individual volunteers, our refugee resettlement services are designed to create a smooth transition to life in the local community and to promote economic self-sufficiency.
LCS needs your help to identifying congregations or organizations that are willing to serve as sponsors of an individual or a family. A sponsoring group assists in finding and furnishing an apartment/house, securing employment, providing transportation, teaching English and orienting the refugees to their new community. The length of a sponsorship is about six months.
If your congregation or organization is interested in sponsoring an individual or a family, please contact Marla Sell or Pr. Dennis Ritter at LCS. Phone: 610-770-9205.
Additionally there is an ongoing need for a Donations Coordinator and a Driver for a panel truck to pick up furniture and deliver it to an apartment, house or the LCS warehouse. Contributions to the Refugee Emergency Fund and welcome boxes are always needed (contact LCS for details). Click here to donate securely online to the Refugee Emergency Fund.