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Lutheran Social Services of
Wisconsin and Upper Michigan


Refugee & Immigrant Services

President Trump's Executive Order: Program Update

The revised executive order signed on March 6, 2017, that disrupted refugee admissions to the U.S. is having a major impact on our Refugee Resettlement Program: it effectively cut off federal funding for at least 90 days. However, we still have work to do in this uncertain environment.

Although the flow of new refugees has been disrupted, we currently provide intensive resettlement services to more than 140 refugees who arrived in Wisconsin during the past three months. These refugees arrived with little more than the clothes on their backs, and need a variety of services to get established in a new culture and country. We need financial support to help sustain the program so we can continue to fulfill our commitment to support these refugees.

Financial Donations 

We are actively seeking donations to help keep our Refugee Resettlement Program operational during the shutdown and ready to welcome new refugees when the ban is lifted. We've received an outpouring of support from people who want to volunteer and donate household and clothing items – and we appreciate every one of them. But, with no funding coming into our program until at least June, our greatest need is financial.

We use these donations to:

  • Prepare housing for refugees, equipped with beds and essential household items
  • Provide English classes and cultural orientation
  • Connect refugees with doctors and other community resources and get children enrolled in school
  • Help refugees find employment so they can become self-sufficient, productive members of society

Any contribution you can make will help our program, while also assisting refugees as they become independent, vibrant members of our community.

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Volunteer Information 

We are so grateful to everyone who has expressed interest in volunteering. In Madison, all of our volunteer slots have been filled, so we are not able to accept new volunteers at this time.

Milwaukee Volunteer Informational Meeting:

Tuesday, March 21, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
5300 W Lincoln Avenue, Milwaukee WI 53219

In Kind Donations 

If you wish to make an in-kind donation, we accept new or very gently used clothing and household items. Please note that refugees who arrive in Wisconsin are most in need of coats and boots (sizes for adults and children are appreciated). Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

In Madison
322 E. Washington Ave.
Inside St. John’s Evangelical Church
Thursdays, 1-4 p.m.
In Milwaukee
5300 W. Lincoln Ave.
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

We also ask for your prayers as we work through these challenging times together. With your support, we know that love and human dignity will prevail.

About the Program

Since 1974, LSS has successfully resettled more than 10,000 refugees from 15 countries. The work of our Refugee Resettlement Program starts by welcoming thoroughly vetted refugees at the airport and helping them take their first steps into new lives in America.

We also serve as a continuing resource – providing information, employment support and emergency assistance – to the more than 2,200 refugees we have resettled in the past five years.

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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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