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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Northern Virginia Welcome Center

Welcome to NoVA

Employees getting their photos taken at the Northern Virginia Welcome Center awards ceremony.

As our Afghan neighbors continue to enter our communities, Global Refuge and our partners have quickly found that the population of Afghans wishing to resettle in the Northern Virginia/DC area far exceed our existing capacity.

To address this need, Global Refuge has stood up a temporary, one-year operation at Peace Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Virginia to assist in the provision of services through the Afghan Placement & Assistance (APA) program. We are working closely with our partner office, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA), to ensure newly arrived Afghans are welcomed, supported, and empowered in their new lives in the DMV.


Global Refuge NoVA will provide our clients with initial resettlement assistance (securing housing, school enrollment, community orientation, and building connections to area services), employment counseling, job readiness and placement.

We are coordinating service delivery with our long-standing partner, Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA). Once the Global Refuge office has helped our clients establish themselves in NoVA communities, ongoing services will be transitioned to LSSNCA.

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We are currently evaluating our needs and will share more information about how the community can help soon!

Global Refuge Northern Virginia Welcome Center


6362 Lincolnia Road
Alexandria, VA 22312


757 769 1851

Global Refuge NoVA

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