Refugee Community Services

If we could all work together, it could make a difference and make our world a better place.”

WORLD REFUGEE DAY: MEET KA HSA

1. Introduce yourself! What is your role at LSI and how long have you been a member of the team? My name is Ka Hsa and I have been with...

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We want Iowa to be a good place for immigrants and refugees, and we work hard for that within LSI.”

WORLD REFUGEE DAY: MEET RUAA

1. Introduce yourself! What is your role at LSI and how long have you been a member of the team? My name is Ruaa and I’ve been with LSI for...

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I feel blessed to be a part of the great work of compassion and love that LSI is doing for immigrant and refugee families.”

WORLD REFUGEE DAY: MEET PATRICK

1. Introduce yourself! What is your role at LSI and how long have you been a member of the team? My name is Patrick Karemera. I have a Bachelor’s degree...

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The work I do is helping people. It also helps me to learn every day."

World Refugee Day: Meet Fekadu

1. Introduce yourself! What is your role at LSI and how long have you been a member of the team? My name is Fekadu Tekle. I am an Employment Navigator...

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“LSI makes me feel like I’m home”

When Kiza and her family came to the U.S. from a Tanzanian refugee camp, she knew what she wanted in her future: she wanted to become a U.S. citizen. After...

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Building a New Life

In his home country of Somalia, Ali was thriving. He had more than 20 years of experience as a dental lab technician, and he loved every second of his work....

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LSI Staff Spotlight: Claudia Kyalangalilwa

Claudia Kyalangalilwa has been LSI’s Refugee Connection Center Supervisor in Des Moines for one year. What inspired you to start working at LSI? I have been working with the refugee...

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Where the Heart is

Durga’s community and family were in danger. The growing violence and systematic ethnic cleansing in Bhutan made it unsafe for his family to stay in the country they called home....

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LSI has made a great impact for my family.

On the Road to Success

As everyone was preparing for the Christmas season, Ali was eager to finally give his family a gift he’d been dreaming of for almost a year: a second car. In...

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Vince Finds His Voice

On an early October morning in Burundi in 1993, Vince’s life changed forever. He and his parents were getting ready to leave for church. Then, the gunshots began. Their village...

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