Refugee & Resettlement Ministries

Our Mission: To support the efforts being made to alleviate the refugee crisis in the world, the Refugee Committee will partner with Lutheran Community Services and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.


The ministry was established to respond with compassion to the more than 60 million people who have found themselves displaced by persecution, violence, and disasters around the world. We support the efforts being made to alleviate the refugee crisis through education, advocacy, and action. We have partnered with Lutheran Community Services to support their efforts to resettle refugees and will work to welcome refugee families into our community.

Refugee and Resettlement Starter Kit Drive

Most refugees arrive in the United States with next to nothing, but you can help them rebuild their lives by putting together Starter Kits. HSLC Refugee Resettlement Committee is conducting a Starter Kit Drive through September 30th. Items listed below can be collected individually or gathered as a kit and dropped off at in the fellowship hall to be distributed to newly arrived refugees and immigrants through Lutheran Community Services Northwest.

Kitchen Kit 1

  • Dishes (plates and bowls for 6)

  • Cups/Glasses and Mugs (6)

  • Silverware (6-8)

  • Silverware Tray for Drawer

  • Dish Towels (2)

  • Potholders (2)

  • Paper Towels and Holder

  • Hand Soap

  • Trash Can

  • Trash Bags

Kitchen Kit 2

  • Mixing Bowls (2-3)

  • Plastic Storage Containers

  • Frying Pan

  • Small Pot with Lid

  • Large Pot with Lid

  • Baking Dishes (Glass or Ceramic)

  • Cutting Board

  • Large Carving Knife

  • Smaller Paring Knife

  • Spatula

  • Can Opener

Bathroom Kit

  • Bath Towels and Hand Towels (4 of each)

  • Washcloths (6-8)

  • Shower Curtain with Rings

  • Hand Soap

  • Toilet Paper (6)

  • Small Waste Basket

Choose a category or individual items. If you choose to complete a kit, place the items in a box or plastic tub that can close and label the top of the container with the kit name (do not tape close). We want to honor the refugees coming here so please purchase new items. You're also welcome to include a handwritten, unsealed welcome note with your kit. Any questions, please email Cathleen Brueske at


On January 31st, HSLC made an overwhelming vote of affirmation to

  • Support the efforts being made to alleviate the refugee crisis in the world

  • Establish a subcommittee of the Social Justice Committee called the Refugee Committee

  • Engage with Lutheran Community Services as a partner agency

We have met regularly since that date to learn, plan, and welcome our first refugee family.


Resources to learn more about refugees



National and International


  • See a list of 12 amazing books for children here

  • See a list of books the Social Justice Committee's Global Ministry Team recommends here


Video Resources



Frontline (PBS)

Al Jazeera