In 2015, countless numbers of refugees left their families, friends and homelands behind as they fled war, famine and unspeakable violence. At great risk, most dream of going home and are willing to wait years or even decades just across a border from a conflict zone with the hope of going home. For some, their hope runs out and they seek safety and a future in a new place, leading less than 1% of the world’s refugees to be resettled in a new homeland each year. When refugees’ long journey to this country ends, LIRS and our partners are here as their next journey begins, offering welcome and assistance as they begin to rebuild their lives in this foreign land that will become their home.
LIRS works with a superb national network of service partners and volunteers to connect refugees with the basics they need for safety and well-being, while also helping them integrate into their new surroundings. We provide job- readiness, English-language training, and cultural orientation. We connect refugees with the legal services necessary to ensure that they do not have to return to a life filled with danger and fear; and we even equip receiving communities and local employers to appreciate the vibrant gifts that refugees can bring. Most importantly, we help our newest neighbors realize their potential to be vibrant, necessary contributors to their new communities and to experience having a new and wider circle of friends invested in their success.