‘Local Ukrainian-Jewish Refugee Helping Other Refugees,’ First Coast News Reports


For nearly 35 years, Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida (LSS) in Jacksonville, Florida has provided refugee services in partnership with LIRS and other social service ministries. Through resettlement and placement, integration assistance, employment services and other programs, LSS has helped thousands of refugees integrate into the local Jacksonville community  One of those individuals, Galina Volkovinskaya, immigrated to the United States in the late 1980’s from the Ukraine. Today, she works alongside LSS to assist other refugee families. We are grateful that the story of her journey and her work with LSS was featured recently on WTLV, the NBC affiliate in Jacksonville. Reporter Michelle Quesada writes about the joys Volkovinskaya encountered when she arrived in the … [Read More...]

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Spotlight on St. Isabel’s Lutheran Church, Elizabeth, New Jersey — Rebuilding Hope

We love to highlight the inspiring work with refugees and immigrants undertaken by churches across the nation. This story of St. Isabel’s Lutheran Church in New Jersey comes to you from our monthly newsletter, Rebuilding Hope. Pastor Collazo and … [Read More...]


Religion, Parents, & Economics — Top Picks of the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere

As the struggle for immigration reform continues, advocates are focusing on the moral impact of changing the currently broken system. In this week’s edition of the Friday Top Picks, I’d like to highlight a video post from Will Coley of Detention … [Read More...]

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Washing Feet: Guest Post by Matt Herzberg

Today, I'm delighted to share a guest post by Matt Herzberg, LIRS Manager for Congregational Outreach. Many of us will gather in our congregations for worship tonight and participate in the practice of foot washing, mimicking the story of Jesus … [Read More...]


HEADLINES: Immigration — April 17, 2014

Support for immigration reform continues to increase as advocates use every effort to gain the attention of elected officials. Visit our blog every Thursday for HEADLINES: Immigration. I’ll bring you all the most important and up-to-date news on the … [Read More...]

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‘We are Living Out Our Mission in Welcome,’ Says Pastor Ben Krey

We were lucky enough to catch a conversation with Pastor Ben Krey, of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, in Philadelphia, while he was in his doctor's waiting room. As a pastor who truly lives the mission of welcome, he had injured his leg while … [Read More...]

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‘Aimee to Attend World Refugee Day in D.C.!’ — Lutheran Services of Georgia Blogs on Aimee Zangandou’s Leadership in D.C.

We're thrilled about the celebrations in place to commemorate 500,000 lives transformed through LIRS and Lutheran ministries over the past 75 years. One of the ways we are celebrating is through training former refugees to advocate for others who are … [Read More...]

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‘Reading Pastor Lobbies for Immigration Reform’ — Reading Eagle Reports on Pastor Bruce Osterhout’s Visit to Capitol Hill

As newspapers across the country are reporting, we in the faith community are not giving up on fair and just immigration reform. Recently, the Reading Eagle reported on Pastor Bruce Osterhout’s visits with Pennsylvania representatives on Capitol Hill … [Read More...]


Immigration Reform 2014: THE UPDATE for Monday April 14

Immigration reform is seeing a rejuvenated push. The question is, will it become a reality in 2014? Here to keep you up-to-date on the debate and legislative progress every Monday is THE UPDATE, a weekly blog series whose panel of experts will … [Read More...]

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‘A Vibrant Example of Christ’s Healing,’ — Dr. Holly Hoffman Shares her Life-Saving Services to Migrants and Refugees

Dr. Holly Hoffman lives out her faith through serving the most vulnerable in her community: migrants and refugees who are uninsured and uninsurable. On days off from her full-time job as a pediatric practitioner, she provides prenatal care, dental … [Read More...]

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‘Asylum Insanity: Welcome to the Land of the Free,’ — The Village Voice Cites Megan Bremer, LIRS Access to Justice Staff Attorney

The Village Voice recently explored the topic of immigration detention, bringing attention to the many harmful effects it can have on immigrants, especially victims of torture and those seeking asylum. Through the story of a young Somali man who … [Read More...]