Head Start Awareness Month



Sparking young minds to help children learn and grow starts at a very young age. Each day, 1,150 children enter a world of music, art, literacy, math, science and technology at our nine Early LIFE Centers. Our teachers, staff and volunteers make learning fun as children integrate new-found knowledge.

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.

Children in Crisis

As many as 8,615 foster children in our city need our help. Together, we can make a lasting difference in the lives of children with your continued partnership. LSSNY helps countless children experiencing family crisis find safe, nurturing foster homes. Through our programs and services, children receive the security they need to learn and develop and to become whole and healthy adults. With the love and support of her foster parents and mentors at LSSNY’s foster care program, Daybelis, transformed her life and is transforming the lives of others as a licensed Master’s Social Worker.

Kids Are Making A Difference!


Inspired by LSSNY’s work in providing care and support to immigrant families, as well as separated and unaccompanied minors, a Brooklyn family including 3-year-old Sadie, mobilized their neighbors in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to support families in need. Neighborhood children sold lemonade at their local farmer’s market to raise money for gift cards and parents, local school teachers and church members at the Park Church Co-op helped collect children’s clothes, toys, and books.

Local Businesses Donate Backpacks to Immigrant Children

Caring Capital, along with A.J. O’Connor Associates and others donated 60 individually decorated Backpack Bundles for immigrant children in our Safe Haven Program.  The backpacks are filled with customized journals, clothing, books, toys and other fun items. We are grateful to all of our corporate partners for their meaningful contributions to our ministry.

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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Life Services

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


Every $1 generates $10 worth of service. Make a contribution today so we can make a difference together.

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