If we could all work together, it could make a difference and make our world a better place.”

16 June 2020| Refugee Community Services
WORLD REFUGEE DAY: MEET KA HSA

1. Introduce yourself! What is your role at LSI and how long have you been a member of the team? My name is Ka Hsa and I have been with LSI for almost nine years as a Bilingual Community Associate and Social Worker. 2. What keeps you passionate about the work you do at LSI?...

We want Iowa to be a good place for immigrants and refugees, and we work hard for that within LSI.”

16 June 2020| Refugee Community Services
WORLD REFUGEE DAY: MEET RUAA

1. Introduce yourself! What is your role at LSI and how long have you been a member of the team? My name is Ruaa and I’ve been with LSI for two years. I started as a Registration Associate and after one year, I became a Child Care Specialist. 2. What keeps you passionate about the...

I feel blessed to be a part of the great work of compassion and love that LSI is doing for immigrant and refugee families.”

16 June 2020| Refugee Community Services, Uncategorized
WORLD REFUGEE DAY: MEET PATRICK

1. Introduce yourself! What is your role at LSI and how long have you been a member of the team? My name is Patrick Karemera. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the National University of Rwanda, and I have been member of the LSI team as an Administrative Assistant since October 2019. 2....

The work I do is helping people. It also helps me to learn every day."

16 June 2020| Refugee Community Services
World Refugee Day: Meet Fekadu

1. Introduce yourself! What is your role at LSI and how long have you been a member of the team? My name is Fekadu Tekle. I am an Employment Navigator at LSI and have been since November 2019. 2. What keeps you passionate about the work you do at LSI? The work I do is...

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28 May 2020| Spirit of LSI
Hope in Times of Crisis

Life looks drastically different for all of us in the time of COVID-19. But through all this, a few things have remained constant at LSI: kindness, compassion, and the drive to help the clients we serve, no matter what. While everything else seems to have come to a complete stop, LSI’s programming has not. Across...

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28 May 2020| Spirit of LSI
Thank You for Supporting LSI Staff During COVID-19!

We are so grateful to our community partners who have generously provided our frontline staff with face masks during this difficult time. As of our latest count, communities across Iowa have donated more than 2,496 masks or face shields to LSI. Thank you to... Susan Bauer Carol Bowers Arleen Burkhardt Jane Campbell Cindy Carlson Trisha...

20 May 2020| Refugee Community Services
“LSI makes me feel like I’m home”

When Kiza and her family came to the U.S. from a Tanzanian refugee camp, she knew what she wanted in her future: she wanted to become a U.S. citizen. After being born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kiza and her family were forced to flee their home country after war broke out, and...

If you have a loving home, you can foster. You know it will be hard when the kids go home. But the reward is being able to help their families.

05 May 2020| Foster Care and Adoption
Taking the First Step into Fostering

Jacob and Kaitlin both knew they wanted to become foster and adoptive parents before they even met. But after they got married, their lives became busy and the couple felt like they never had time to get started. When a family member was in need of foster care for their children, Jacob and Kaitlin decided...

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