Refugee and Immigrant Services

Refugee and Immigrant ServicesLSS provides case management services, job placement and sponsorship to refugees. Sponsors of refugees agree to locate and furnish housing, meet and welcome the refugees, supply food and clothing for a short period of time, help the refugee family to sign-up for schools and other community services, and educate the refugees about American culture and customs. English and employment are two main focuses for this program.

In the past, LSS has resettled refugee individuals and families from Afghanistan, Bosnia, Liberia, Somalia, Burma and many other countries.

Read the story of Bojana, a refugee from Bosnia who now works as an LSS staff member.

Refugee and Immigrant ServicesVocational English as a Second Language (VESL)

LSS will connect newly arrived refugees with programs that will help them learn basic English and help them become better prepared for employment. There are two types of classes available to students: ESL and Job Skills. LSS also recruits volunteers to do individual tutoring at clients' homes.

Download a PDF of the Volunteer Application.
Download a PDF of the Refugee Resettlement Information Packet.

ESL tutors and volunteers, visit this website for additional resources.

Meaningful ways churches can be involved

Develop Move-In Teams.  Coordinate move-in teams that pick up furniture donations from warehouse or donors, move furniture into apartments before arrival.  Eight teams would be ideal—time commitment would be one day every eight weeks for each team. 

Be a Home Supply Church.  Help make an apartment a home by committing to gather donations of needed household supply items in one of the following areas:  furniture, linens & household, kitchen, toiletries, cleaning supplies, baby items, winter clothes.  Please see Home Supply List for specifics in each area. This is a meaningful group service activity for youth, confirmation, and ministry groups. 

Coordinate donation pickup and delivery to the LSS Refugee warehouse area.  Work with LSS staff to identify and plan for pickup of furniture and household item donations. Provide the manpower to pick up and transport to storage for future arrivals’ apartments.  Eight teams would be ideal—time commitment would be one day every eight weeks for each team. 

Resettlement Co-sponsorship.  Take responsibility with LSS Refugee staff to provide pre- and post-arrival support for 90 days to one case.  Duties by planned agreement and assignment with LSS staff.  All activities would have a goal for each contact.  

Cultural Mentor Co-sponsorship. Provide post-arrival support for up to one year with time-oriented and specific activities that build skill and self-sufficiency of the refugee case. All activities would be planned and assigned with the LSS Refugee staff.

Invite LSS Refugee Staff to a Refugee Sunday or fellowship hour.  Learn how the mission of LSS improves the quality, safety, and future of refugees in Wisconsin.

For more information on refugee resettlement services or how you can help change lives:

Contact: Mary Flynn
(414) 325-3117

5300 W. Lincoln Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53219

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