refugees and immigrants
Through our refugee resettlement and immigration services, Lutheran Services Florida is privileged to be on the front lines of assisting refugees to their new homes and creating a welcoming environment to the immigrant communities that arrive at our doorstep seeking a brighter future.
Refugee Resettlement Services
Imagine facing death and chaos on a daily basis. Imagine being persecuted simply because of your race, ethnicity, nationality, or membership in a particular political or social group. Imagine having to forcibly relocate and begin new lives in another country that is unrecognizable or unfamiliar. Imagine feeling vulnerable in your home, without anywhere to go. Imagine fleeing home due to war, violence, or genocide. Imagine having absolutely nowhere to call home.
Refugees do not need to imagine; these are the stories of heartache, pain, and fear that are told countless times to our Lutheran Services Florida resettlement staff as we work to establish a welcoming community and new home for refugees.
Employment and Self-Sufficiency
Refugees face many obstacles when adjusting to their new lives and homes, including finding employment that allows them to care for their families. In response, Lutheran Services Florida has developed valuable relationships with hundreds of businesses that provide employment opportunities for eligible participants, helping newly-arrived refugees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, asylees, and victims of trafficking become self-sufficient and productive contributors to their newfound home.
Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) counselors and accredited Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) representatives help documented immigrants navigate the complex immigration system and also help people who want to become U.S. citizens. LSF counselors assist clients with:
- Work Permits
- Immigrant Petitions
- Applications for Citizenship
- Family Reunification
- General Immigration Counseling