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LSS Announces ‘Circle of Welcome’ program for community groups to support refugees

Updated: Nov 9, 2023



Jacksonville, FL – Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida (LSS) is announcing the launch of its ‘Circle of Welcome’ co-sponsorship initiative, funded by Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS). The co-sponsorship program aims to support resettling refugees in Jacksonville, Florida. LSS is seeking groups to sign up as co-sponsors who will support this critical initiative.


LSS ‘Circle of Welcome’ emphasizes community involvement, providing essential support to refugees beyond the initial 90 days of the LSS Reception and Placement Program. With the grant's support, LSS will hire a Community Sponsorship Coordinator to lead the initiative.


Co-sponsor groups commit to a minimum of six months of service and provide financial contributions ranging from $1,000 to $3,000, which LSS will use to assist refugees. These groups will also undergo co-sponsorship training by LSS staff.


To become community sponsors, groups must fulfill specific requirements, which includes providing core services, such as housing assistance and mentorship. Co-sponsors must commit at least three hours per week during the first month and a minimum of two hours per week during months 2 to 6.


In 2023, LSS provided vital assistance to over 2,500 individuals through its refugee resettlement program.


If you’re interested in learning more about LSS ‘Circle of Welcome,’ contact Laura Cook, Director of Resettlement, at either refugee@lssjax.org or 904-730-8251. Visit https://www.lssjax.org/circleofwelcome for general information.


About Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida:

Established over 44 years ago, LSS is a nonprofit organization supporting five program areas within the Northeast Florida community. Through hunger relief, HIV care, money management, refugee services and career/financial coaching, LSS has assisted hundreds of thousands of people. Learn more at www.lssjax.org.


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