STATEMENT – LIRS welcomes National Defense Authorization Act Provision, still urges increase in overall SIV cap

Courageous Afghani men and women face persecution for risking their lives to stand alongside U.S. troops and it is our duty to continue to have a pathway for them to seek safety and start new lives in the United States, a country they risked their lives for.

It is a Blessing to Give  Published 12/7/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOMEhopeholidaysmomsister

As Christmas draws near and holiday plans are made, I have been spending a lot of time thinking about my own plans to... more

Giving Tuesday: Double your impact with LIRS!  Published 11/28/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOMEGiving Tuesday with LIRS

November 29th is Giving Tuesday, and on this day Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) joins thousands of nonprofits around the world with an impassioned call for support during the season of giving. Amidst the flurry of holiday sales and Christmas shopping, Giving Tuesday challenges... more

Two Former Refugees Will Be Taking Office  Published 11/22/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOMEIlhan Omar, Somali American legislatior

This month, two former refugees have recently made news following successful campaigns. In Minnesota, Ilhan Omar has become our... more

Two Ways to Share Hope for the Holidays  Published 11/18/2016 in REDEFINING WELCOMEfacebook_holiday_476x248

For most of us the holidays are a time of celebration with family and friends, a time of joy and hope. Yet, for millions of refugees and migrants looking for safety, the joy of the Christmas season is distant. Since 2014, we have seen an increase in the numbers of families and unaccompanied... more