Over the last decade, Lutheran Children and Family Service’s Refugee Resettlement Program, a program of Liberty Lutheran, has provided services to more than 8,000 refugees. The families it assists come from such countries as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burma, Bhutan, Iraq, and most recently Syria.
On Friday, Extraordinary Give, Lancaster’s Largest Day of Online Giving hosted its annual 24 hour drive to raise funds for local nonprofits. Lutheran Children and Family Service in Central PA (LCFS) received 57 gifts for $6,105! To everyone who made a gift, our heartfelt thanks to you. Your gifts will help us continue to support refugees who now call Lancaster their home.
While ExtraOrdinary Give is over, you can still make a gift to help at our secure donation page.
In other refugee resettlement news, as you know, the resettlement of Syrian refugees has come under much scrutiny since the events of Friday, November 13th. Some Americans have become skeptical about the integrity of the refugee security clearance process. Congress has put forth a bill that could, in effect, suspend the current resettlement of Syrian refugees.
Allentown is a tier 1 location for Syrian resettlement and we are the only organization that resettles refugees in Allentown. For that reason, LCFS has received many questions and concerns.
In an effort to educate the public and dispel rumors surrounding the refugee process, LCFS and Liberty Lutheran are developing an online resource center. This site hosts documents pertaining to the screening and vetting process that all refugees must go through before entry to the US. It also includes facts about LCFS’s involvement in the resettlement process and a list of ways you can support refugee resettlement in your area.
For more positive news about refugee resettlement, please read the following articles from the local media:
“What happens to orphan refugees in America?” by Sharon Lurye of The Philly Voice on November 19.
“Syrian Refugee Crisis Stirs Misconceptions” by Bill White of the Morning Call on November 21.
“Explainer: How do Syrian refugees come to Pennsylvania?” by Laura Benshoff or NewsWorks.org and WHYY-FM.