Since February 2022, more than 14 million people have been displaced – “the fastest, largest displacement witnessed in decades,” according to the UN Refugee Agency. Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA) has welcomed nearly 200 Ukrainian women, children, and seniors arriving in Maryland and Virginia. We want to continue serving all those who come to our doorstep seeking a community to welcome them.
The Biden Administration extended humanitarian parole and temporary protected status (TPS) last year to evacuating Ukrainians, which allows up to a two-year (per a U.S. government decree) temporary stay in the U.S. Though ineligible for many government benefits, the May 2022 Ukraine Supplemental passed by Congress, made Ukrainians with humanitarian parole eligible for some Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) benefits such as Medicaid, food assistance (SNAP), or temporary emergency funding (TANF).
Ukrainians who arrive to the United States through the U.S. government's Uniting for Ukraine (U4U) program are sponsored by a private citizen. Sponsors commit to covering their bills - that will not be offset by government support - for two years. However, it may take several months for someone to receive employment authorization to work in the U.S. and navigating application systems for employment and Medicaid can be difficult.
LSSNCA is assisting Ukrainians - and their sponsors - with essential basic needs and services.
We're creating pathways to support Ukrainians - whether they are seeking asylum, reunifying through the Lautenberg program, or arriving with humanitarian parole and sponsored directly by neighbors like you. We’re here to provide our experience, network, and services as we all welcome our new neighbors fleeing for safety. Your donation will help us provide direct assistance to Ukrainians and support for their sponsors.
If you have questions about offering relief to Ukrainians or would like to make an appointment, email us.