Challenge Grant Will Benefit Refugee Resettlement
The Siebert Lutheran Foundation has provided a generous $30,000 challenge grant to help offset recent disruptions to federal funding for the LSS Refugee Resettlement Program. The challenge is to match the grant with $30,000 in donations from other supporters. With this grant, your gift can double in value, with 100% going to support our Refugee Resettlement Program.
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.
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.
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 414-325-3108.
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: 414-325-3108
- 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.
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.