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2170 E. Big BeaverTroy, MI 48083(248) 423-2790
Fulton St E4th FloorGrand Rapids, MI
Nussdorfer Center1545 KeystoneLansing, MI 48911(517) 321-7663
2 W Michigan AveSuite 304Battle Creek, MI49017(269) 282-8037
Refugees are people forced to leave their country of residence because of war or political turmoil. We are Michigan's largest private refugee resettlement organization. We provide sponsorship, immigration assistance, legal services and assistance with resettlement and acculturation. Since the mid-1970s, we have resettled thousands of refugees.
We lead newly arrived refugees through their confusing first months in the United States.We:
We are Michigan's primary contractor for job development and placement, vocational English language training and citizenship services.We provide:
Most refugees are punctual and reliable, honest and trustworthy, highly productive and quick to learn. They are very appreciative of the opportunity to work, so they are dedicated to their employers and get along well with co-workers.
If you can employ refugees at your business in contact:
Detroit Refugee Employment programs – Vesna Cizmic, Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 248-663-0710 Detroit Refugee Resettlement programs – Mihaela Mitrofan, Program Manager, email@example.com, phone 248-663-8125 West Michigan (Grand Rapids, Battle Creek and Lansing) – Christopher Cavanaugh, Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 616-356-1934
Employers who hire refugees may qualify for tax credits or grants to provide tools and uniforms for refugees. The federal Match Grant program in Detroit and Grand Rapids, offers incentives to refugees who find work quickly and do not need to rely on public assistance. The program provides employment training, placement and transportation.
We can translate documents from the following languages into English: Arabic, Bosnian, Croatian, Romanian, Russian and Serbian. Documents can also be translated from English into any of these languages.
Legal ServicesWe offer professional, immigration legal services for refugees, asylees and immigrants at nominal fees, to help them in achieve independence and stability in the United States. These services include assistance with adjustment of status, naturalization, travel documents, and family visa petitions. The program has an accredited representative on staff who is recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), as well as interns who are students at local law schools. Coming soon: citizenship training classes to prepare naturalization applicants for the Civics and English portions of the naturalization test.
School Impact ProgramWe serve as a liaison with local K-12 schools, helping students with English instruction, translation and social adjustment. We help refugee parents understand the school environment and become more involved in their children’s education, and also provide support and resources for teachers of refugee students.
Do you have refugee relatives overseas that you would like to bring to the US?
The New Official Affidavit of Relationship (AOR) process allows Resettlement Agencies such as LSSM to help reunite families (free of charge).
Please contact Nada Akther at LSSM to see if you AOR case is eligible at:(248) email@example.com
more AOR Process details