Resettling Afghan Refugees: A Message From Our CEO
To the LCS Northwest community,
In the last two weeks, Lutheran Community Services Northwest has welcomed more than 40 Afghan allies with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs). These are Afghan nationals who have worked with the US Armed Forces as translators and interpreters for at least 12 months and have a written recommendation from a commanding officer. We will be welcoming many more in the weeks to come.
Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our new arrivals. Staff are working quickly to surround each arriving family with basic needs like housing, food, clothing, transportation and monetary assistance.
The Northwest is a welcoming community and we are humbled by the many offers of assistance. We will have volunteer and community engagement opportunities in the near future. To inquire about volunteering or to offer a space for housing refugees, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Right now, the best way to extend a welcome is with a donation. Your gift will help us address the most immediate and basic needs of our new neighbors.
Please go to this donation page for credit cards and select the “I want to give to refugee services” checkbox.
Or, mail your donation to:
LCSNW – Donations Lockbox #1034
PO Box 35146
Seattle, WA 98124-5146
Please write “refugee services” in the memo line.
Thank you for all your work and support to families in need. As we come together around this crisis, I want you all to know that we are all supporting each other during this time, and our staff members — many of whom have family members currently in Afghanistan — are doing everything we can to support these refugees and advocate for safe family reunions. My prayers are for these precious families. At the end of the day, we are all brothers and sisters.
In Health, Justice and Hope,