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For decades, LSI has helped thousands of people escape violence or persecution from countries such as Vietnam, Bosnia, Sudan, Iraq, Burundi, Bhutan and Burma.

Today we no longer resettle new refugees to Iowa, but our programs are equally critical.

Typically, newly arrived refugees in the U.S. receive only 90 days of formal support, making it difficult to adequately address the vast language and cultural barriers that often await them.

LSI fills the gap by providing the only extended support services available to the Des Moines refugee community.

Through English as a Second Language classes, intensive work readiness classes, elder services, community gardening and capacity building initiatives with local service providers and community representatives, our focus is on meeting long-term needs.

We hope you’ll feel a passion to join us.

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