At any moment, more than 15 million refugees around the world must leave their homes because of war or civil unrest. In partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the U.S. offers people the freedom to start a new life through the refugee resettlement program. Resettlement is the last resort among all options available to refugees.
Since the first wave of Vietnamese families arrived in the 1970s, LSS/NCA has partnered with local organizations, companies, and individual volunteers to aid in the resettlement of thousands of federally approved refugees as they begin new lives in the Washington DC Metro area. On the path to regain independence, families receive intensive case management and cultural orientation from our trained staff of professionals. We direct newcomers to appropriate community resources while empowering them to become active members of their new communities. In return, refugees enrich our neighborhoods with their skills, diversity, and courage.
If you are interested in aiding in the resettlement process of your new neighbors, consider donating items from the Wish List that will be a part of a new household. Another fun and rewarding way to get involved is by volunteering to mentor a refugee on daily tasks like using an ATM, riding the Metro, going grocery shopping, and learning about the neighborhood.