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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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Creating communities that welcome.

We work together to strengthen the fabric of our nation

Global Refuge embraces our new neighbors with holistic, trauma-informed services, protection, and age-appropriate care.

With over eight decades of experience walking with New Americans, Global Refuge believes in the “long welcome.” This means we are providing more than just immediate support to immigrants and refugees, but standing alongside them as they rebuild their lives, navigate a new culture, find a new home, a new job, and a new sense of belonging and community.

New Americans contribute to a vibrant and resilient society, culturally, civically, and economically. We are committed to empowering our neighbors with support for employment, training, and hiring as they become leaders in their communities.


Understand Our Impact

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Read about the powerful work that Global Refuge is doing for New Americans and see the lives we have helped transform in the past year. View our 2022 Annual Report.

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Making an impact alongside new neighbors

Our community and faith partners are the backbone of our work. Together, we welcome New Americans into caring communities, respond to crises, and reunite families.

How to Help

  • 1,821 children served through foster care
  • 8,507 asylum seekers received respite services
  • 378 Ukrainian refugees resettled in the Global Refuge network
14,500 Afghans resettled in communities across the country

Mohammad's Story: No One in Afghanistan is Safe

Read His Story

Impact Story

Juanita's Story:
Fostering Love

"I know they're not my biological parents, but it feels like it."

Juanita was only 11 when she arrived in the United States from Guatemala. She spent several years transitioning between temporary homes before being placed with her foster family in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Impact Story

Julienne's Story:
A Future for her Family

"My priority for them is that they get a good education."

As a former refugee from Rwanda with four children and a fifth on the way, Julienne wanted a better way to support her growing family.

Impact Story

Nassir's Story:
Bringing Afghanistan Home

"Since then, I’m living my dreams."

Nassir Ahmad, Philanthropic Advisor, came to the United States in 2014 through the Special Immigrant Visa program after serving as a combat interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan.

You can change lives.

Explore the many ways to support Global Refuge.

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Explore the many ways to support Global Refuge.

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