New name, same mission! LIRS is becoming Global Refuge. Learn more.

New name.
Same mission.

LIRS is now Global Refuge.

Welcoming newcomers since 1939.

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Join the work of welcome

From airport pickups to educational opportunities, there are plenty of ways to get involved.

Every day, our community of volunteers from around the country dedicate their time to welcoming new neighbors and educating their community members or congregations on issues related to immigration and refugees.

There are many ways to get involved. Volunteer opportunities vary depending on needs, and some positions require applications, additional training, and/or background checks to ensure the safety of the vulnerable populations we serve.

Thank you for your interest in joining the work of welcome!

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Sign up to be an Global Refuge volunteer and get connected to opportunities near you.

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Refugee couple from the Democratic Republic of Congo with pastor Jared Carlson.

Co-sponsorship

Become part of the resettlement journey

Be a part of a refugee family’s resettlement journey

You and your community group will partner with a local resettlement agency to provide wrap-around support to a family entering the United States. This could include home set-up, transportation, meals, and local guidance – but most importantly, being a welcoming friend.

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Three women wrapping gifts at Hope for the Holidays event.

Hope for the Holidays

This annual program collects cards and gifts for distribution at immigration detention centers across the country, sharing holiday hope and joy with individuals and families seeking safety in the United States. Join us as we share hope and joy with some of our newest neighbors!

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Global Refuge Ambassador Program

The Global Refuge Ambassador Network is a community of passionate advocates, volunteers, and leaders from all walks of life, united by their passion and commitment to stand in solidarity with Global Refuge and the newcomers we serve.

Become an Ambassador
A volunteer helps a woman and boy pick out fresh clothes for the boy from two shelves of children's clothing.

Fresh Change

The new Fresh Change program offers an opportunity to welcome immigrants with a bag of new clothing. Using our toolkit, volunteers can pack as many bags as they’d like and send them to our neighbors at the border.

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Explore the many ways to support Global Refuge.

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Explore the many ways to support Global Refuge.

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