Refugee Community Services

Helping Sama Care for Her Community

Sama has always had a love of caring for children, and she was committed to building a career as a child care provider. 

Despite all obstacles, spanning more than a...

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Finding Paradise

Perseverance is a familiar quality to Mon, who after spending decades living as a refugee from an early age was finally able to place roots in Iowa and succeed in...

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A New Life for Scolastica

The day starts with heading to her family’s farmland. It’s warm and sunny outside, and she is surrounded by her parents, husband, and siblings as they work hard to harvest...

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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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