Gather | Global Refuge

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

New name.
Same mission.

LIRS is now Global Refuge.

Welcoming newcomers since 1939.

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Explore the rich cultural history of immigrant populations in the U.S.

Learn, explore, and grow together.

Creating a welcoming and warm community for New Americans begins with compassion and curiosity. Learning about the countries, cultures, and customs of the regions from which our immigrant and refugee neighbors arrive can help us create deeper relationships and build a true sense of community.

The Gather program invites you—as an individual, family, congregation, or group—to learn through food, music, worship, and personal stories of refugees and immigrants. We have provided educational resources, recipes, discussion guides and more in our Gather toolkits.

Please note: We are currently working to update our resources as we transition to our new brand. Thank you for your patience!

Gather with Us

  • Afghanistan

    Learn about the history of conflict in Afghanistan, explore culture through worship, food, and music, and understand Global Refuge's work through the story of the Abdullah family.

    Gather: Afghanistan
  • Democratic Republic of Congo

    See the history and culture of the Democratic Republic of Congo through the eyes of the Ashimwe family. Experience their music, food, and customs and learn about our work with refugees from DRC.

    Gather: DRC
  • Guatemala

    Explore Guatemala through crafts, recipes, and music.

    Gather: Guatemala

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Explore the many ways to support Global Refuge.

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