Community Outreach

Lutheran Social Services New Americans

Lutheran Social Services New Americans continues the American tradition of welcoming diversity and helping refugees achieve their dreams. We assist refugees who have fled persecution, war and horrific circumstances.

Refugees in foreign lands who are legally admitted into our country face many hurdles as they struggle to achieve self-sufficiency. That’s where Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota—and our spirit of service—makes such a difference. But we don’t work alone.

Invaluable partnerships with many national, state and local agencies make our refugee resettlement programs and employment services possible. Our partners include schools, churches, health care organizations, social service agencies, the North Dakota Department of Human Services, national resettlement agencies, US Department of State, Office of Refugee Resettlement, adult learning centers, civic groups, employers, plus individual volunteers and mentors.

Lutheran Social Services' Immigration Services provides affordable immigration counseling and processing services to refugees, asylees, parolees, non-immigrants and U.S. citizens. We also provide assistance to people who want to bring relatives including their spouse, fiance(e), parents, siblings and married or unmarried children to the United States.

A new video takes you on a dramatic journey into the lives of refugees who have been served by Lutheran Social Services New Americans.

The Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program is a federal program. Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota and the ND State Refugee Coordination office are not involved in the custody, transport or placement of ‎UACs.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement is the entity with responsibility for UACs, including placing them with relatives in states throughout the country while the immigration authorities determine their future. As UACs are generally in removal (deportation) proceedings, they are typically not eligible for services offered by our program, or for other state or federal benefits.

Additional information is available from HHS at

Community Liaison

Contact: Darci Asche 701-235-7341

The community liaison links refugee families with church congregations, mentors and volunteers who help new Americans make the transition into the community and a new country.

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Contact us

Laetitia Hellerud
Program Director/State Refugee Coordinator
3911 20th Ave. S.
Fargo, ND 58103
Phone: 701-235-7341