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Afghan Allies Welcomed with Open Arms in our Nation’s Capital

September 29, 2021

The Lutheran Services in America network is working passionately to resettle Afghan allies and their families here in the United States. Following the recent takeover by the Taliban in Afghanistan, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area in Washington D.C., has been a leader in finding new homes for Afghans around the nation’s capital.

LSS has welcomed more than 550 individuals so far, with the goal of resettling approximately 800 over a two-month period. The organization is receiving help from across the community. LSS spokesperson Autumn Kendrick told CBS News Uber and Lyft have donated free transportation for daily tasks, such as trips to the grocery store or job interviews, and Airbnb recently donated $70,000 for temporary bookings. In order to accommodate the influx of refugees, the organization is continuously reevaluating how it operates. With generous support from partners, LSS expects to continue to assist Afghan refugees during this critical time.

Since 1917, the Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area has been making a positive impact in their community. Today LSS continues to foster healthy and self-sufficient livelihoods through community services, including refugee and immigrant resettlement, workforce development, and interpretation; family and children services such as foster care for unaccompanied refugee minors and adoption services; and health and wellness services.

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area is a member of Lutheran Services in America, a network of 300 health and human service organizations located in more than 1,400 communities across the United States. Together, the network makes a difference in the lives of one in 50 Americans every year.

Learn more about Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area and find out how you can get involved.

By the Lutheran Services in America team