Vietnam Veteran Receives Healthy Food this Thanksgiving Season

Please join us in giving the gift of food and hope to those in need this Thanksgiving season. Your support helps folks like Ronald, a Vietnam Veteran and loving grandfather, who relies on our food pantry. Your generous gift provides life-sustaining support to the 7,000 men, women and children we serve everyday!

Integrating Teaching and Fun

Children have fun and learn about different careers at one of our Early LIFE Centers in Brooklyn. Kids recently dressed up as doctors, firefighters, construction workers and other professionals at a recent Dress for Success celebration integrating learning about different careers with fun activities.

Smiling Faces for 500 Students

Children are smiling at our New LIFE Center in Long Island. Thanks to the generous donations of our community partners and local Lutheran Churches, over 500 children received much-needed school supplies in time for the new school year. Equipped with book bags, notebooks, folders, crayons, and more, these hopeful students are ready to learn and make their parents proud! Our New LIFE Center in Long Island not only provides school supplies to children and food to the hungry—we also provide layette gifts to new mothers as well as Christmas gift sponsorship.

Dads Take Your Child to School Day

Proud dads at LSSNY participated in “Dads Take Your Child to School Day,” a statewide event that promotes father involvement by encouraging fathers to take their children to school or Head Start programs. Dads at our Early LIFE Centers read to children, participated in arts and crafts and other fun events. Actively involved fathers are a positive force in the lives of their children and their community. We look forward to collaborating with all the dads as they stay involved in their child’s education throughout the year.

Preserving and Uniting Families

LSSNY President & CEO Damyn Kelly recently discussed LSSNY’s services for unaccompanied children during a panel discussion on NY1 Inside City Hall.  Preserving and uniting families are at the very core of our mission. NY1 panelists included Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Ex. Dir. of Catholic Charities of New York, and former Commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services and CEO of JCCA, Ronald Richter.

Free Citizenship Classes

LSSNY is partnering with Women for Afghan Women to offer free ESL and citizenship exam preparation.

Classes are available regardless of gender, race, nationality, age, religion or sexual orientation.

LSSNY’s Immigration Hotline – a New Resource for Immigrants

Individuals can call and ask general questions about immigration law, current immigration policies, and where to access additional assistance. 

Call: 212.870.1179

Calls will be answered in person from 3:30pm-4:30pm, Monday to Friday. At other times, callers can leave a message and someone from the Immigration Legal Program will call them back.


Lutheran Social Services of New York has been strengthening lives, families and communities for more than 125 years. This has been made possible through the work of dedicated staff, committed volunteers, and supportive congregations and communities.


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Lutheran Social Services offers several service branches: Community Services, Residential Services, Child and Family Services, and Education.


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