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Refugee Services

LSS Refugee Services offers hope and a helping hand to refugees as they start anew in Minnesota. 

After years of fleeing from persecution and waiting in refugee camps, LSS Refugee Services helps individuals and families rebuild their lives.

Through our different services, and with the help of many volunteers and community members, LSS Refugee Services strives to address the needs of all refugees and walk beside them as they start their new lives in the United States. Our organization is an affiliate of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS).

St. Cloud Refugee Resettlement Webinar

Learn more about the refugee resettlement program in St. Cloud in a pre-recorded webinar. Community panelists share about their work with refugees and the impact refugees have in the community. Watch now

Our Services

LSS Refugee Services assists federally-approved refugees from various countries. We provide resettlement and immigration services to refugees and asylees.

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Visit the wish list page to learn more about how you can help our refugee neighbors.

LSS Refugee Services began operating in the mid-1970’s in response to the crisis occurring in Southeast Asia. Refugees started to arrive in Minnesota from countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos.

During the 1980’s, LSS Refugee Services continued to resettle refugees from Asia, as well as countries such as Ethiopia.

During the 1990’s and into the twenty-first century, conflicts in East and West Africa and the changing political situations in Eastern Europe brought refugees from these regions into Minnesota.

As it has in the past, LSS Refugee Services continues to play an instrumental role in assisting refugees from around the world start their new lives in Minnesota.

For more information, please contact Yusuf Abdi at 612-879-5258 or via email at


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