Thank You to the Dorothy M. and Fred Hamilton Foundation!

This year we were able to expand and renovate the rooftop playground at our early childhood education center in Brooklyn. Funding from the Hamilton Foundation allowed us to purchase playground equipment to improve the physical fitness among our more than 200 students develop both their gross and fine motor skills- while socializing and having fun!



Transforming Lives Here and Abroad

Daybelis Ramirez, LMSW, is transforming lives both here and abroad in part because of the support and guidance she received at LSSNY’s foster care program. She recently reached out to her mentors at LSSNY, Antonnette Taylor and Margaret Johnson (pictured above), and thanked them for their care and compassion, which has led to become a success and an inspiration. Her motto: “there’s nothing that you cannot achieve if you are really determined to succeed.”

LSSNY 13th Annual Award Celebration

LSSNY holds its most successful fundraising event in its 130 plus-year history at the 13th Annual Award Celebration. At the sold-out event, the Bethlehem Fund announced its generous support of $1.8M to LSSNY. Emceed by the 5-time Emmy award-winning tv personality Cathy Hobbs, the gala honored Ms. Marlene Lund and Mrs. Roxanne Oellrich for their dedication to helping those less fortunate, particularly women and children. View photos here.

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.

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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.

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Immigration Legal Program Expansion


“Lutheran Social Services of New York is excited to be a part of the expansion of the Action NYC program into new communities,” said Lisa Bagley, Director of the Immigration Legal Program at Lutheran Social Services of New York. “At a time when there is such hateful rhetoric about immigrants coming from the federal government, we cannot overstate our appreciation for the continuing commitment of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to helping immigrant New Yorkers access free, high-quality legal services. With this expansion of the program into hard-to-reach communities, more people than ever will have access to legal services, right in their neighborhoods.”

Press Release


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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Life Services

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


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