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LIRS OpEd: How Businesses Can Help Afghan Refugees

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LIRS In USA Today: How Businesses Can Help Afghan Refugees

Krish O’Mara Vignarajah is the president and chief executive of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. She co-authored the below OpEd for USA Today with Joe Gebbia, Co-Founder of Airbnb and Chariman of

“It has been more than three months since the world was gripped by the images and stories of Afghans fleeing their country to safety. Since then, tens of thousands of Afghan refugees have made it to the USA in search of new beginnings. From Texas to Wisconsin, refugees who have completed the vetting process are beginning to leave military bases where they’ve been housed since arriving here and moving into communities where they’ll resettle to build new lives.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has been working around the clock to welcome our new Afghan neighbors, including by offering temporary housing through while they await permanent housing. Americans across the country – including U.S. military veterans and members of communities that had themselves arrived here as refugees – have stepped up to offer a warm welcome to Afghan refugees, and we are grateful for their generosity and support. Anyone – regardless of whether or not they’re an existing Airbnb host – can sign up to welcome Afghan refugees into their homes by visiting”


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