Who We Are | 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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Who We Are

Redefining home with renewed possibilities.

We walk alongside people from across the globe as they make a new home in the United States.

Our work of welcome embraces and empowers New Americans with restored hope for a better tomorrow.

Global Refuge, formerly Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), is a nonprofit serving newcomers seeking safety, support, and a share in the American dream. For 85 years, we have welcomed those seeking refuge, upholding a legacy of compassion and grace for people in crisis.

We walk alongside individuals, families, and children as they begin their new lives in the United States through our work in refugee resettlement, welcome and respite services for asylum seekers, economic empowerment and employment, and family unification for unaccompanied children. To date, we have served over 750,000 people from around the globe.


What We Believe

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We believe all immigrants and refugees are protected, embraced, and empowered in a world of just and welcoming communities. We stand with and advocate for migrants and refugees, transforming communities through ministries of service and justice.

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Our History

Welcoming new neighbors since 1939.

Our roots are planted in the foundation of support and dignity.

From the very beginning, we’ve been an organization of help. During World War II, the first iteration of Global Refuge provided assistance and services for refugees from Germany and Eastern Europe.

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Meet Our Team

Inspired by a call to care, our leadership team provides guidance and direction rooted in our legacy of compassion.


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Employment with Global Refuge offers a chance to change the world.


You can change lives.

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Explore the many ways to support Global Refuge.

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