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LSS Circle of Welcome featured on First Coast Connect

Updated: Nov 20, 2023

Lutheran Social Service's new Circle of Welcome refugee program recently took the

spotlight on WJCT's First Coast Connect hosted by Anne Schindler, on Thursday, November 16th, 2023.

Refugee Services Director, Laura Cook, spoke about the program's mission to provide essential support and guidance to refugee families resettling in Jacksonville, Florida.

Circle of Welcome is a co-sponsorship program that invites the community to get involved in Lutheran Social Services’ work of welcoming newcomers. Co-Sponsorship is a special relationship between a local resettlement agency, a community group, and a refugee family.

Co-Sponsors walk alongside and support a refugee family for six months in the U.S. and serve as community guides and friends.

For those interested, you can watch the full interview in the video below.

Visit the Refugee Services page to learn more about Circle of Welcome and the rest of the resettlement services provided at LSS. If you're interested in getting involved or volunteering, send an email to

Support the LSS mission of serving those in need.

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