News & Events
LCFS Receives $220,000 in Grants for Refugee Programs
Great news: LCFS is the recipient of two grants totaling $220,000 that will be used to support its programs benefiting refugees in the Greater Philadelphia area. LCFS will receive $140,000 over the next three years from The Pew Charitable Trusts and $80,000 from the City of Philadelphia-Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services.
“These grants will be instrumental in allowing LCFS to continue provide vital programs and services to hundreds of refugee children and their families who have suffered unimaginable trauma in their home countries,” said Peter Gottemoller, Director, Child Welfare Programs, Lutheran Children and Family Service. Click here to read more. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Join a Team to Help Refugee Women!
Lutheran Children and Family service is partnering with Temple University to connect older adult volunteers to our refugee clients in Philadelphia. Women age 50+ will have the opportunity to develop relationships with Bhutanese and Burmese refugee women, learn about their cultures, and share knowledge about the U.S. The project is funded by a grant from the Barra Foundation. Click here for more information
Affidavit of Relationship Now Open
If you came into the U.S. as a refugee you may be eligible to help your family members apply to come to the U.S. as a refugee. The U.S. government Affidavit of Relationship (AOR) program is now open.Click here for more information
Family Reunification Supervisor Recognized
Fayrouz Azer, family reunification supervisor, was recently recognized by two local media outlets.
Lutheran Children and Family Service Awarded a Contract by the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy
Lutheran Children and Family Service (LCFS), a service of Liberty Lutheran and the lead agency in the Lower Olney/Logan Neighborhood Learning Community, was recently awarded a contract from the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy to provide a workforce literacy program for low-income Philadelphia residents. LCFS was one of four anchor organizations chosen by the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy to implement the program as part of their Neighborhood Adult Learning Communities initiative. The goal of this initiative, which began in early 2012, is to enhance community assets and strengthen our collective ability to promote adult learning and economic success in Philadelphia. Click here to read more
Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program Receives Award from HIAS
Lutheran Children and Family Service’s (LCFS) Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) program received a Community Partner award from the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). Click here to read more
BOOST Receives Grant from Leo and Peggy Pierce Family Foundation
Lutheran Children and Family Service received a 5,000 dollar grant from the Leo and Peggy Pierce Family Foundation to support its Best Out of School Time (BOOST) Program. Click here to read more.
Philadelphia Church "Weclomes Home" Refugee Families
Family Preservation Programs Help to Decrease Foster Care Population
The number of US children in Foster Care has decreased for the sixth year in a row, and the decrease it attributed to family preservation and family reunification programs such as those provided by Lutheran Children and Family Service. Click here to read more.
Refugees Share Stories of New Life In Philadelphia Through Photos
A new exhibition at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Envisioning Home: Perspectives from Philadelphia Refugees, presents 69 photographs by Bhutanese, Burmese and Iraqi refugees that detail their everyday experiences adjusting to life in the U.S. The exhibition opened on July 13 and will be on display until August 27. Click here to read more
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Ceremony Marks Milestone of Acheivement for Philadelphia Youth Getting Their GED
A little over a year since its re-opening under the new administration of the non-profit Liberty Lutheran Children and Family Service, the E3 Logan Center, one of five in low-income areas in Philadelphia and the only E3 in the Northwest section of the city, graduated 40 young people who have successfully obtained their GED. The graduation ceremony at Moore College of Art will celebrated the achievements of over 100 graduates from all five of Philadelphia’s E3 Centers. Click here to read more
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Olney Senior Program Member Celebrates 100th Birthday
Member of Lutheran Children and Family Service’s Olney Senior Program celebrated the 100th birthday of Onofre “Carlos” Escorpizo. Carlos is a very active and well-liked member, who came to the Program in 1999, at the age of 87, as a volunteer. Click here to read more.
LUTHERAN CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICE’S FAMILY PRESERVATION PROGRAM RECEIVES JOHN THOMAS BEVIVINO AWARD FROM BUCKS COUNTY
On May 3, 2012, Fayrouz Azer, supervisor of Lutheran Children and Family Service’s (LCFS) Bucks County Family Preservation Program, a service of Liberty Lutheran, accepted the John Thomas Bevivino Award on behalf of the family preservation unit of LCFS. Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services Agency selects one organization to receive the award, which is given yearly in memory of John Bevivino who worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.
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BOOST Out of School Programs Participate in Martin Luther King Day Service Projects
Elementary and middle school BOOST students honored Dr. King's legacy by restoring a garden and repainting classrooms at Shaw Middle School in Philadelphia. High school BOOST students visited with residents at Paul's Run and watched Dr. King's speech. Click here to see more pictures.