Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service President and CEO Linda Hartke to be honored with a 2017 Maryland International Business Leadership Award

As the leader of the nation’s second largest refugee resettlement agency, Hartke brings decades of experience in human rights work and a lifelong commitment to LIRS’ work of creating welcoming communities for refugees and migrants in the United States.

5 Ways You Can Support Refugees & Immigrants in the New Year  Published 1/3/2017 in REDEFINING WELCOMENew Year sparkler

The world continues to change all around us. Each and every day we are presented with opportunities to connect with the struggles of others in our communities, our country, and across the globe. As we start this New Year, your action is needed to provide hope to someone in need. Consider these... more

Thank You for Your Support in 2016  Published 12/27/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOMEPraying on the National Day of Prayer.

As this year comes to a close, we at LIRS want to express our sincere gratitude for your ongoing support of migrants and refugees. We've seen churches and individuals across the country step up to welcome refugee families as new neighbors, advocate on local and national issues impacting refugees... more

Sharing Hope With Families in Detention this Holiday Season  Published 12/22/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOMEChildren's books in Spanish

This week countless supporters made a difference in the lives of mothers and children isolated in family detention facilities.... more

Where Are You in the Nativity Scene?  Published 12/14/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOMEnativityscene300

The closer we get to Christmas, the more nativity scenes I see. The children at church add new figurines to the crèche at the altar each week and I spot them on front lawns, in friends’ homes, and on greeting cards. Each one is styled differently, but the familiar characters are always there.... more