We’re excited to report that over 10,000 refugees and migrants were served in the United States with the help of friends like you last year! Many new arrivals were children separated from their parents and, because of your generosity, LIRS was able to respond to their needs through our Children’s Services program.
Through the Children’s Services program, children are placed in foster families, group homes, or independent living arrangements and supported while they attend school. They’re provided with food, clothing, medical care, legal services, life skills training, and other necessities.
Sudanese Refugee Says Thanks
Elizabeth, from Sudan, is one of the refugees assisted through LIRS’s partner in Pennsylvania, Lutheran Children and Family Services. She shares how your support helped her…
When I found out that my siblings and I had been accepted to come to the United States, it was like a dream come true. But I was anxious about how we’d survive in a new country.
I’m thankful that LIRS placed us with a foster care program and met us at the airport with our Sudanese caseworker. Since then, they’ve been helping us get oriented to our new life.
Lifesaving Care for Burmese Teen
Loi is another teenager helped through the Children’s Services program. He arrived from Burma suffering from an enlarged heart from rheumatic fever, and he later underwent successful, lifesaving open heart surgery to repair three valves.
With loving support from his foster family, Loi recuperated at home, receiving private instruction to continue his studies. Though he arrived with just a 6th grade education, Loi excelled in school and soon caught up with his peers!
Over the years, 6,000 children like Loi have been placed with foster families – with 266 children assisted last year alone. With your continued support, we’ll help 300 unaccompanied refugee children find new homes in 2013.
Empowering the ‘Most Vulnerable’
Another LIRS initiative that was instrumental in helping refugees and migrants resettle in the U.S. during the past year was the Early Employment program. This program empowered over 3,000 of our most disadvantaged refugee and asylee newcomers to become economically self-sufficient within 180 days!
Lives Restored – Thanks to You
Elizabeth, Loi, and many other refugees and migrants have survived war, abuse, poverty, and loss. Now, thanks to you and other LIRS supporters, they have a chance to rebuild their lives in safety and freedom. Thank you for embracing newcomers to our country and helping them make the most of their new lives. Your support truly changes lives!