In 1975, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) contacted LFS to begin resettlement of refugees. Since that time, the LFS Refugee & Asylee Programs have helped people who have been uprooted by persecution and violence work towards self-sufficiency through essential resettlement services, including: housing, employment, English language, and cultural orientation.
LFS works together with LIRS, and other churches, organizations, community groups, businesses, and individuals to provide the services and supplies necessary for refugees to become self-sufficient and integrate into their new communities.
Refugees are individuals who are forced to flee their countries of origin because of a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, or membership in a particular social or political group.
Asylees are people already in the United States who receive protected status and are unable to return home for the same reasons that refugees are unable to return home.
LFS serves refugees in the Rocky Mountain Region with offices in Denver, Colorado Springs, Greeley/Fort Morgan, and Albuquerque.