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People leave their home countries for a variety of reasons, whether you are a refugee, a person who is forced to flee for their lives, or an immigrant who chose to move, we have a variety of programs for families and individuals seeking to make the United States of America their home.

“Through our refugee resettlement and immigration services, LSF 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 safe and stable future.” – 


According to Pew Research from fiscal 2008 to 2017, an average of about 67,100 refugees arrive in the United States each year. Seeking safety from persecution, the threat of losing their lives, and leaving the home they have always known for uncertainty, refugees face some of the most unimaginable obstacles a person or family can face. If you or someone you know are seeking shelter from persecution because of your race, ethnicity, nationality, or membership in a particular political or social group; if you are fleeing your home due to war, violence, or genocide, LSF offers resources that can help!

LSF resettlement staff work with refugees daily and understand the heartache, pain and fear of not having a place to call home and trying to start anew in an unfamiliar place. LSF staff assist clients with:

  • Housing Assistance
  • Translation and English as a Second Language Tutoring
  • Referrals to medical professionals, healthcare support and other service providers
  • Cultural Orientation
  • Mentoring Services
  • Linking Refugees with Church and Community Groups
  • Employment and Self Sufficiency
  • Learn more about how we work to establish a welcoming community and new home for refugees.


The immigration process is increasingly difficult and ever-changing. Immigrants face not only the challenges of settling in a new home, finding work, learning a new language but also unraveling the complex bureaucracies of documentation. LSF immigration services counselors and accredited Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) representatives help documented immigrants navigate the complex immigration system and help people who want to become U.S. citizens.

LSF counselors assist clients with: 

  • Work Permits and Employment  
  • Immigrant Petitions 
  • Applications for Citizenship 
  • Family Reunification 
  • General Immigration Counseling 


Human trafficking is the process of coercing people using violence, deception, or coercion, stripping them of their freedom and exploiting them for financial or personal gain. LSF can provide comprehensive case management services to foreign-born victims of trafficking. To learn more about human trafficking and how you can get help click below. Please be advised that some content on the page can trigger trauma.  


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