ELCA Youth Gathering | Global Refuge

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New name.
Same mission.

LIRS is now Global Refuge.

Welcoming newcomers since 1939.

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ELCA Youth Gathering

A Journey to Welcome

Learn what it is like to experience life as a refugee, a volunteer, or an unaccompanied minor.

Join Global Refuge to experience different paths to full and faithful lives in the United States.

We believe that all people are  created to be welcoming. 

Navigate the  Journey to Welcome following one of the three paths below where you will experience life in the United States a refugee, a volunteer or an unaccompanied minor. As you journey with us, you will hear stories of immigrants and former refugees in their own words, learn about what it is like to navigate the immigration and resettlement systems, and have the opportunity to take action in support of our newest neighbors.

Please select the path which corresponds with the sign in front of you.

Path One

Path Two

Path Three