Resettlement and Integration Services UNIT
Reception and Placement: In partnership with the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), LIRS is one of nine national agencies authorized to resettle newly arriving refugees to the United States. As one of the oldest and largest agencies, our national network consists of a network of local nonprofits across the country working to help refugees secure homes, work, and essential community resources.
Economic Empowerment & Workforce Development
Matching Grant Program: LIRS provides employment and case management services to refugees, asylees, and other immigrants with the goal of economic self-sufficiency through employment within six months of enrollment.
New American Pathways: In partnership with the Walmart Foundation, LIRS provides career upskilling and advancement to refugees and other immigrants around the country, allowing them to move from 'survival’ jobs into meaningful careers.
Refugee Career Pathways: LIRS assists refugees to advance their education and career goals through activities like career counseling, mentorship, and internships.
New American Cities: LIRS provides career-focused case management, career development opportunities and trainings, and job placement support to refugees and immigrants past their initial resettlement period.
Refugee Empowerment and Wellness Services
Preferred Communities Program: The Preferred Communities' Intensive Case Management program is a client-centered program that empowers the most vulnerable to achieve their highest degree of independence through education, individualized/ trauma-informed case management, and holistic community integration support. Funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, this program serves our most vulnerable refugee and other ORR-eligible populations by providing critical interventions for clients within their first 5 years after arrival.
LIRS Migrant Services programming focuses on four key program areas: 1) Migrants are welcome; 2) Build social connections and reduce isolation while in detention; 3) Stabilize & empower within 72 hours of release; and 4) Continuous care & support long-term post-release
Respite and Welcome: LIRS coordinates services for asylum seekers at the southern border, departing immigration detention, and at their final destination, including the provision of necessities such as food, clothing, and hygiene supplies, medical triage and basic care, Know Your Rights counseling, and emergency housing, and case management services.
Detention Visitation: LIRS works with a network of organizations and congregations that provide support to migrants in detention by visiting them and writing letters.
Children & Family Services UNIT
Safe Release Support Services
Safe Release Support sites perform background checks on potential guardians to ensure that children are reunited into safe and secure homes. Safe Release staff identify various needs of the family such as pro bono legal counsel, food banks, counseling services, English classes, job training, and medical care, and connects them to these services. During the 2018 family separation crisis, LIRS was one of only two agencies working to reunite families.
Transitional Foster Care for Unaccompanied Children
LIRS’s care affiliates provide services to particularly vulnerable children, such as minors under 12, pregnant/parenting youth, sibling groups. All children in transitional care receive individualized assessments, acculturation and adaptation services, case management, education, weekly group and individual counseling, legal support, mental and medical health care, and access to religious services.
Long-Term Foster Care for Unaccompanied Children
Unaccompanied children without family reunification options but who have the possibility of receiving legal immigration protections are placed in Long Term foster Care where they receive ongoing case management support as they integrate into their new communities. Children in Long-Term Foster Care are placed with loving foster families until their immigration case is resolved. Typically, children in long term foster care will transition into the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor program.
Home Study and Post-Release Services
For particularly vulnerable unaccompanied children, LIRS services include community-based case management services which include: inspection of home environments once the child and the caregiver are together in the home, connect families to community resources and empower families with resources and knowledge to make the best informed decisions for their children and family in a variety of important life decisions, related to school, legal representation, medical health, mental health, recreational and religious services.
LIRS Mobilization and Faith Relations Department
The Mobilization team provides programming for individuals and communities across the US who are eager to support the LIRS mission, such as hands-on activities, educational toolkits, faith-based resources, advocacy, and training opportunities. This department also recruits volunteers and co-sponsors to support LIRS affiliate partners. To learn more about connecting with volunteers in your area through the Mobilization team, please contact Outreach@LIRS.org.