International work in Lahti Lutheran parish union

The main purpose of immigration work is to reform the rights based on christian religion, partnership and the love of fellowman in the lives of individuals in the society and globally. We want to support individuals and families who are not able to survive the immigration to the countries and challenges of the naturalization on their own . We also want to serve and help all immigrants regardless of their religion group or the way of immigrating.

The immigrant workers in Lahti Parish Union

Immigrant worker, deaconess Ulla Taipale, tel. 044 719 1263,

Immigrant worker offers consultation in the Diakonia Centre in Vapaudenkatu 6, on Wednesdays 9.00–11.45 a.m., on Thursday 12.30–3 p.m. (only by appointment). Come and and book a time in Diakonia Centre!

  • Reception and homevisits, pastoral care, crises management and family care
  • Financial support and advice
  • Excursion and outing activities
  • Group activities
  • Support personnel
  • Comprehensive network co-operation
  • Multicultural international Services and multicultural St Thomas Masses

Return migrant worker Olga Saarenmaa, Tuesday–Thursday,

  • Reception and home visits, pastoral care
  • Confession work in Russian language and other congregation work
  • Excursion and outing activities
  • Group activities
  • Comprehensive network co-operation

Refreshment Activities

Lahti Parish Council offers wide range of activities and functions to immigrants and invites them to silent prayers in front the God. At the same time it offers sense of solidarity and friendship.

Support personnel for the immigrants

The function and work of support personnel to the immigrants is very extensive and active at the Lahti Parish Council. New basic courses are organised approximately once a year. Regular monthly meetings are organised to the volunteers. They provide situations which are educational as well as happenings where consultation and support is needed. Support personnel are provided with peer group support, information and refreshment activities.

The importance of support personnel is extremely important when new immigrants are settling down. The Finnish support person is offering a safe and reliable relationship and an opportunity to learn and speak Finnish language. In addition to that support person is serving and opening a door to the Finnish society and culture. The interaction and sharing is mutual and everybody is treated as equals and being foreign is respected.

More information is given by immigrant worker Ulla Taipale, tel. 044 719 1263.

Alipi offers information, guidance and consultation on matters related to immigration.


  • Maahanmuuttajatyön tehtävänä on edistää kristinuskoon perustuvaa oikeudenmukaisuutta, osallisuutta ja lähimmäisenrakkautta yksilöiden elämässä, yhteiskunnassa ja koko maailmassa
  • tukee yksilöitä ja perheitä, jotka eivät selviydy maahanmuuttoon ja kotoutumiseen liittyvistä haasteista yksin
  • palvelee kaikkia maahanmuuttajia uskontokunnasta tai maahanmuuttotavasta riippumatta


Maahanmuuttajatyöntekijä, diakonissa Ulla Taipale, puh. 044 719 1263,
Vastaanotto Diakoniakeskus, Vapaudenkatu 6, ke klo 9.00–11.45 ja to klo 12.30–15.00, vain ajanvarauksella. Tule varaamaan aika Diakoniakeskuksesta!

  • vastaanotto ja kotikäyntityö, sielunhoitotyö, kriisi- ja perhetyö
  • taloudellinen tuki ja neuvonta
  • retki- ja leiritoiminta
  • ryhmätoiminta
  • tukihenkilötoiminta
  • laaja verkostoyhteistyö
  • monikulttuuriset Tuomasmessut ja Global gathering -illat

Paluumuuttajatyöntekijä Olga Saarenmaa,
Vastaanotto Diakoniakeskus, Vapaudenkatu 6, to klo 12.30–15.00

  • vastaanotto ja kotikäyntityö
  • venäjänkielinen rippikoulutyö ja muu seurakuntatyö
  • retki- ja leiritoiminta
  • ryhmätoiminta
  • laaja verkostoyhteistyö

Alipi-palvelupiste tarjoaa maahanmuuttoon liittyviä ohjaus-, neuvonta- ja asiantuntijapalveluja.

Vapaudenkatu 6:n julkisivu.

International student, welcome to Lahti!

University chaplain Sonja is there for you if you want to discuss about life, troubles, different religions, reasons for joy or if you want to go to a church whether it's catholic or protestant. You don´t have to be a member of any church, you can still contact me. Meetings with me doesn't cost anything and are confidential.


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