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Who We Are

Since 1917, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA) has evolved to meet the changing needs of its community, while staying true to its mission of accompanying those in need to foster resiliency, self-sufficiency, and access to opportunities by creating, connecting with, and engaging welcoming communities. 

Today, LSSNCA continues to serve throughout the Greater Washington, D.C. area with refugee and immigrant resettlement, and workforce development programs; family and children services including foster care for unaccompanied refugee minors; health and wellness services such as CARE for Newcomers, and healthy relationships education through our Youth Development and Wellness initiatives. With the help of partners and volunteers, LSSNCA strives to achieve an inclusive community of well-being where people thrive.

  • Newly Arrived Refugee Couple from Southeast Asia
    Newly Arrived Refugee Couple from Southeast Asia

    “Before we left [our home country] others like us arrived in the U.S. but to other parts. LSSNCA picked us up from the airport … we were really happy and relieved. We had this tension all the way from [leaving home] … LSSNCA is important because we don’t know anything about this new place, and we are very new here. They help us [with] where to go, provided us with an apartment and furniture, clothing ... LSSNCA is very essential and very important to us.”

Our Impact This Year

  • Refugees Welcomed

    4,500+

  • Local Youth Served

    928

  • Number of Donations

    6,050

  • Volunteers Recruited

    5,300

From the Newsroom

Last week, LSSNCA joined 100+ civil society organizations calling on the Biden Administration to take all available additional steps to end the Title 42 policy - which has overwhelmingly targeted Black, Brown & Indigenous asylum seekers - and mitigate its continuing harms.

LSSNCA was one of 117 organizations to urge the Biden administration to resume legal services for Afghans who are eligible for Special Immigrant Visa status.

How many Ukrainian refugees are in the U.S., where are they and how long can they stay? Why is the process for Ukrainians different from other refugees?

Partners and Affiliations

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