LIRS Receives Generous Gift from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to Support Family Reunification Efforts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is pleased to announce it is a recipient of a generous $35,000 donation from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to support LIRS’s continued work with families who were separated at the border under the Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.
Rooted in Lutherans’ faithful and caring response to the challenges facing uprooted peoples, LIRS celebrates a strong collaborative relationship with the ELCA. LIRS and the ELCA have long partnered together under a vision for congregations to be welcoming and generous centers for mission and ministry—and we continue that work together as we help families transition from the traumatic experience of separation.
“The ELCA is committed to the reunification of families who have been cruelly separated as they crossed our borders in search of safety and protection from violence,” said ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton. “This gift to our Lutheran partner will provide direct support for bringing these families back together.”
This donation from the ELCA will help provide families with immediate food and shelter, counseling, and access to legal and community services, as well as extended support as they adjust to life in their new communities.
“We are so grateful to the ELCA for this urgent commitment to welcome the stranger,” said Pat Nichols, Interim President and CEO of LIRS. “It will go a long way in helping families begin to heal from this traumatic experience. We look forward to continued opportunities to expand our partnership that has already provided so much for families seeking refuge in the United States.”
Founded in 1939, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is one of the largest refugee resettlement agencies in the United States. It is nationally recognized for its leadership advocating with refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, immigrants in detention, families fractured by migration and other vulnerable populations. Through nearly 80 years of service and advocacy, LIRS has helped over 500,000 migrants and refugees rebuild their lives in America.