Circle of Welcome

Embracing Refugees in Friendship and Love

The Circle of Welcome is made complete when your faith or community group connects with LIRS and a local resettlement agency to accompany a refugee family. Together, we support the refugee family as they rebuild their lives and are recognized as positive contributors to society.

“for I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me,”
(Matthew 25:35)

Our faith calls on us to welcome the stranger. Our history reflects American Lutherans’ deep immigrant roots and passionate commitment to welcoming newcomers.

The goal of Circle of Welcome is to increase successful integration of refugee families arriving in the U.S. and to create meaningful and varied ways for faith and community groups to engage with and walk alongside refugee families in service, friendship, and as advocates.


Circle of Welcome has three distinct models of engagement levels for volunteer teams. These three models provide faith and community groups with options that best fit their situation.

Each model is a full year commitment, with a financial contribution made by the group. The partnership between the local resettlement agency, the team, and the refugee family reinforce the LIRS Long Welcome as an essential component to the refugee’s long term integration.

If you or your faith and community group would be interested in partnering as we welcome refugees, let us know! Sign up to receive updates as we prepare for the national launch of the Circle of Welcome.


Build awareness of refugees in your congregation and community. Stand in solidarity with refugees as we advocate together for just and fair immigration laws and policies.

Visit our Advocacy Action Center for more ways to get involved and sign up for our advocacy newsletter to receive updates and more ways to get involved.


Donate today to support our work to empower refugee families as they rebuild their lives in new communities across our national network.



Pray for the safety and protection of refugees and immigrants. Set aside one Sunday of your choosing to celebrate Refugee Sunday.

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