Welcoming the Stranger
Since 1974, our structured program for refugee resettlement has started more than 10,000 refugees on a new life in the U.S. As the Wisconsin affiliate of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, LSS provides comprehensive resettlement services to refugees fleeing from war and persecution around the globe.
Currently, LSS has the capacity to welcome and resettle 500 refugees per year within a 50-mile radius of Milwaukee or Madison. Our program provides high-quality services, including initial housing, food, clothing, school enrollment for children, English lessons, and assistance with job placement.
We actively seek donations to help keep our Refugee Resettlement Program operating at full capacity and ready to respond in emergency situations. Any contribution you can make will help us assist refugees as they become independent, vibrant members of our communities.
Hear stories from LSS clients and learn how your support enables our programs to help change the lives of those we serve.
LSS Refugee holds Volunteer Information Sessions on the last Wednesday of the month from 5:30-6:30 pm at 3974 S. Howell Ave, Suite 2, Milwaukee WI 53207. This one hour session will give an overview of the refugee process to Milwaukee and how a volunteer can help LSS Refugee staff support refugees so they get the best start possible in their new home.
We are so grateful to everyone who has expressed interest in volunteering. All of our volunteer slots in Madison have been filled, but we are accepting new volunteers in the Milwaukee office. If you are interested, call 414.246.2517.
In Kind Donations
If you wish to make an in-kind donation, we accept new or very gently used clothing and household items. Refugees who arrive in Wisconsin are most in need of coats and boots (sizes for adults and children are appreciated). To schedule a donation drop-off, call:
- Milwaukee office: 414-246-2517
- Madison office: 608-250-2671
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.