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LSSNCA Announces Participation in the Inaugural Maryland Service Corps Initiative: Doing our “part to build a brighter tomorrow,” Secretary Paul Monteiro

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA), a human services and immigration relief and refugee welcome agency, is honored to be selected by Governor Wes Moore’s Maryland Service Corps program as a host organization.

“We are grateful to for the opportunity to participate in the inaugural year of the Maryland Service Corps initiative,” said Kristyn Peck, LSSNCA CEO. “LSSNCA has a long-standing history of providing services with communities to advance our vision of a community of well-being where people thrive, and we are excited to inspire the next generation to carry on our legacy of service,” she said.

Corps members are working alongside LSSNCA teammates in Arbutus, Frederick, and Greenbelt, gaining valuable experience while receiving training and mentoring in their career development. LSSNCA has so far welcomed nearly half a dozen dedicated corps members, bringing their passion for community service to serve as case management and community engagement aides in a full-time capacity.

“I am proud to announce the launch of Maryland's Service Year Option and Maryland Corps,” said Secretary Paul Monteiro. “Our goal is to create equal opportunities for all, nurturing the next generation of community leaders. By connecting Marylanders through this initiative, we strive to build a stronger, united, and more compassionate state. Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area is doing their part to build a brighter tomorrow."

This initiative, launched in April 2023 with the signing of the SERVE Act, offers a transformative, first-of-its-kind opportunity for adults and young adults who are passionate about public and community service in Maryland.

About Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA)

Since 1917, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA), a human services and immigration relief and refugee welcome agency, has accompanied those in need throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the Washington D.C. metro area to foster resiliency, self-sufficiency, and access to opportunities by creating, connecting with, and engaging welcoming communities. 

Motivated daily by our belief in the inherent dignity of all, LSSNCA’s innovative participant-informed programs serve refugees, forced migrants, immigrants, children and youth, and underserved communities by filling in the gaps. Piloting initiatives like the area’s first camp for kids impacted by the HIV/AIDS crisis, originating local pro se asylum workshops for Afghan Allies, launching a Resource Center to serve as a community hub for all recently arrived program participants, and backing an array of ongoing mental health support services, alongside community partners, LSSNCA strives to create an inclusive community of well-being where people thrive.


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