Lutheran Social Services of WI

Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS) is one of the largest and oldest health and human services organizations in the Midwest. Through the agency’s 138 year history, LSS has focused on addressing the needs of children and families that arise from poverty, violence and inequality. Delivered by 800 employees and hundreds of volunteers, LSS offers over 100 programs in 450+ communities throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan that annually help nearly 30,000 youth and families move from surviving to thriving.

Primary Focus: Chaplaincy and Faith Development Programs, Refugee Resettlement, Mental Health Wellness

Lutheran Affiliation: ELCA

Operating Budget: $55,737,468

Programs: As one of the largest resettlement agencies in Wisconsin, LSS has resettled over 30 different ethnic groups in the greater Milwaukee and Madison areas and provides services to an average of 50% of the total refugee arrivals in Wisconsin. Starting in 2021, LSS will assist up to 300 Afghan refugee families who were recently evacuated from Afghanistan to Fort McCoy in Tomah, WI.

LSS’ goal of resettlement is self-sufficiency. Refugees will receive assistance in the following areas: initial housing, food and clothing, school enrollment for children, English language training, job services, and placement, case management including registering for Social Security cards, cultural orientation, and crisis management.

Who is Served: LSS has resettled a highly diverse mix of ethnic groups from Burma, Africa, and the Middle East. Current efforts surround resettlement of refugees from Afghanistan. Refugees arrive in the U.S. with permanent legal documented status following multiple screenings including health and security checks.

Location: The Afghan refugee resettlement program is located within a 100-mile radius of West Allis. Other LSS programs are located throughout Wisconsin and upper Michigan.

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