Refugees, Ribbon-cutting, and Keloland: What’s Going on Downtown

On Monday, October 20th, at 4:30 the lobby at the LSS Center for New Americans was packed. Representatives from local businesses and the Chamber of Commerce, LSS leadership staff, board members, employees, and clients crammed together in celebration of the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new facility at 114 S. Main Ave. The large turnout reflected Sioux Falls’ support for the growing diversity within the community.  

Betty Oldenkamp, President and CEO of LSS of SD, expressing gratitude for all those who attended the ceremony.

Betty Oldenkamp, President and CEO of LSS of SD, expressing gratitude for all those who attended the ceremony.

A recently-arrived refugee family from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Furaha family, a recently-arrived refugee family from the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Betty and Tim, Director of the LSS Center for New Americans, receiving a plaque in recognition of our new facility and the work we do from representatives from the Sioux Falls Chambers of Commerce.

Betty and Tim, Director of the LSS Center for New Americans, receiving a plaque in recognition of our new facility and the work we do from representatives from the Sioux Falls Chambers of Commerce.

Chambers members, the Furaha family, Betty and Tim, local business and organization representatives, and a volunteer mentor family are ready to officially welcome all to the new location for the LSS Center for New Americans!

Chambers members, the Furaha family, Betty and Tim, local business and organization representatives, and a volunteer mentor family are ready to officially welcome all to the new location for the LSS Center for New Americans!

Earlier that day, a Keloland news crew recorded this report and footage from our new space.

Keloland Report

With the increase in classrooms and classroom size, refugees and immigrants enrolled in the Center’s Education Program—including classes for English, citizenship, skill-specific training, math, computer literacy, and job interview skills–has grown to over four hundred adult learners.

Are you interested in coming in for a tour of the building and seeing the resettlement work that LSS Center for New Americans does on a daily basis? Would you like to spend two hours a week volunteering in one of our English classes? Can you and your family take on the challenges and rewards of mentoring a recently-arrived refugee family during their first six months in the United States? Contact Kristyne at 605-731-2009 or fill out the online volunteer application by clicking here.

 

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