LSSWis - Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan

Lutheran Social Services of
Wisconsin and Upper Michigan

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Refugee & Immigrant Services

LSS has welcomed refugees to Wisconsin since 1974. With the recent Executive Order restricting refugee admissions, LSS remains committed to serving refugees who have already arrived in recent months and years and to welcoming arriving refugees when admissions restart. 

Refugee resettlement is an expression of LSS's humanitarian mission and faith. It's who we are and who we want to be—the beacon of inclusion and opportunity for the world. 

Refugee Services Provides First Steps to Independence

Imagine leaving the only home you've ever known, boarding a plane and arriving in a foreign country, hoping someone will be there to meet you. LSS is there at the airport, on day one, greeting refugees, transporting them to their first homes and then providing them with support and tools to help them become self-sufficient. Our experienced staff, along with community volunteers, partners and churches, are essential to the work we do. We have resettled refugees from Iraq, Burma, Somalia, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Liberia and many other countries. Read the story of Bojana, a Bosnian refugee who now works for LSS.

Refugee services we provide include:

  • Finding and furnishing homes or apartments and helping refugees move in.  
  • Connecting refugees with local resources for job training, language fluency and basic needs.
  • Helping refugees navigate ongoing issues and providing structured guidance and teaching about American culture and customs. 

Ways You Can Help

We are grateful for the overwhelming outpouring of your support for refugees. There are many ways you can help, but some needs that are particularly critical during this tumultous time.

Urgent Needs 

Our most urgent need is for cash donations so we can continue to help refugees who are already here. Your contributions will be used to replenish emergency funding for things like initial rent payments, warm clothing, etc. Donations will also be collected for the purchase/lease of a passenger van for transporting refugees from the airport and to appointments as well as a cargo van to pick up and deliver donated items and furnishings. Donations are not used for sustained support because refugees are expected to work and become self-supporting as soon as possible. 

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Other Needed Items 

Milwaukee

Drop off hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,  5300 W. Lincoln Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53219 

  • New hygiene products, new bedding (twin sheet sets, pillows, new or gently used blankets) cleaning and household supplies, diapers.
  • Winter coats and boots, new or gently used. Women's small or medium, men's small, medium and large, children's coats in all sizes. Winter boots in all sizes.
  • Furniture or other large items: By appointment only. Please allow staff two weeks to schedule delivery to our Milwaukee storage facility. Click here to schedule a delivery.
Madison 

Drop off hours: Thursday, 1-4 p.m., 322 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53703

  • New hygiene, cleaning and household supplies, diapers. 
  • Winter coats and boots, new or gently used. Women's small or medium, men's small, medium and large, children's coats in all sizes. Winter boots in all sizes.
  • Furniture items: By appointment only. Please allow staff two weeks to schedule delivery to our Madison storage facility. 

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Refugee and Immigration Story

Changing Lives - Bojana Bozic

Bojana Bozic is a Bosnian refugee transformed from a LSS client to a LSS colleague. Learn more about her story.
Published February 2016

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647 W. Virginia Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
414-246-2300

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