Tanque Verde Lutheran Church and Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest got a mention in this Tucson.com article. “Refugees and community resource groups in Tucson celebrated the day with live music, food and children’s games and activities. Community groups also provided information for refugees as they integrate into the Tucson community.”Read More
Recipients of the Servant of Christ Award from Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest, they have truly shown the love of our Savior and embodied the mission of Lutheran Social Services—showing kindness, doing justice, and serving those in need.Read More
Connie Phillips of LSS-SW was interviewed by Jeff Pegues in a CBS News story headlined “Trump tweets about removing migrants. President Trump tweeted that ‘millions’ of undocumented immigrants will be removed. But he offered no specifics about mass arrests or deportations.”Read More
Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest is urgently asking for churches to host groups of 30-100 migrants on a regularly scheduled basis, or to support churches that are doing this work through volunteers, in-kind, or financial support. With temperatures over 100, migrant families released by ICE and the Border Patrol are often left at "transportation hubs" that are sometimes nothing more than a barren, gravel pit next to the Greyhound bus station with no water, no restrooms, and little shade.Read More
Thursday, May 23, 2019, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00p.m., at four locations around the Phoenix Valley.
Summer is just around the corner! Your Thrivent Member Network - Southwest Region is offering a day of service to help Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (LSS) prepare to serve Arizona’s most vulnerable during the summer months.Read More
At La Roca, the shelter I visited last week, children, women and men went to the border and stood in line. Once they received a number they could stay at La Roca while they waited for their number to be called. Cruzando Fronteras (a Lutheran-Episcopal ministry) supports this shelter.
Refugees who have been processed in the U.S. and await their court date are released. In Phoenix last week about 200 were released each day. With ICE lacking the capacity for growing asylee numbers, families have been released to churches in Phoenix for temporary and transitional shelter until they are capable of traveling to their final destination. Currently, there are not enough churches to accommodate the increasing numbers of asylum-seekers, and these families are being released on the street and at bus stations, with no means to continue their journey. Many would label this a humanitarian crisis, and as God’s people we can step in make a difference.Read More
Join us for 24 hours of giving to benefit our local nonprofits and strengthen our community on April 2.
Arizona Gives Day helps raise awareness about Arizona nonprofits and the critical role they play in our communities and state. On April 2, the event will inspire people to give generously to nonprofits making our state stronger and creating a thriving community for all.
By giving on #AZGivesDay to Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest, you will be supporting refugee resettlement work, like pre-arrival housing, employment support, case management, education services, K-12 education services, women's empowerment and immigration services.Read More
We are facing the world’s worst refugee crisis in recorded history with over 25 million refugees, over half of whom are children. In response, last year the Administration agreed to welcome 45,000 refugees to the U.S. But only 22,491 refugees were accepted in, leaving 22,509 refugees behind.
Help Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest send a total of 1,018 postcards to all Arizona members of Congress. One postcard for every refugee who never made it to Arizona last year. One postcard for every reason refugees are important to our communities.Read More