Inclusion and Empowerment | 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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Inclusion and Empowerment

More than a new home, a new life

Going beyond the basics to support brighter futures.

Global Refuge envisions a future in which New Americans can not simply survive, but thrive.

Starting over is daunting, and even after a refugee family has settled in their new home, found a job, and started to make connections in a new community, there is still much work to be done to feel truly stable and secure.

True inclusion and empowerment come with personal and professional fulfillment, and a sense that the future is not only bright, but attainable.

Global Refuge is walking alongside individuals and families as they forge a better future. Our programs support an empowered living experience through economic independence, personal and professional growth, and a chance to participate in the American dream.

Ziarmal, Gul, and Abdul at their place of work in a glass manufacturing factory.

New American Cities

The New American Cities program promotes economic empowerment, social mobility, and diverse, inclusive communities through a three-prong system: pathway building, career navigation, and harnessing the power of champions and coalitions.

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New American Community Lending

New American Community Lending is a privately funded microlending institution from Global Refuge that financially empowers refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers.

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New American Careers

A subsidiary of Global Refuge, New American Careers is a social enterprise that seeks to provide meaningful career development, secure job placement, and economic empowerment for refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers.

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Impact Story

Norma's Story:
Hope for Her Son

“The quality of life we have now is completely different.”

Through the New American Cities program, Norma found a career that aligned with her passions and interests—and allowed her the flexibility she needed to care for her son.

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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