LASR's mission is to assist refugees and immigrants throughout their various stages of integration into Louisiana and the United States’ society. Providing access to resources and educational opportunities LASR enables refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient, therefore becoming long term contributors to the economic vitality of their community. LASR aims to assisting new comers as well as vulnerable refugees and immigrants such as children, seniors, disabled, and disaster victims. LASR also wants to promote and preserve refugees and immigrants’ cultural heritage within the community by celebrating national events.
Who We Are
LASR founded in May 2011 and incorporated as a not-for-profit in 1992. LASR is a Community-based organization offers much needed services to the immigrant and refugee communities in Louisiana. Our primary focus is to assist immigrant and refugee in becoming independent and self-supporting member of their new community. Every year, LASR assists approximately 200 refugees and immigrant’s families of all ages, ethnic groups, faiths and backgrounds to find housing, learn English language, acclimate to American culture, develop computer and job readiness skills, secure employment, obtain medical and other care, apply for citizenship prepare for driving permit and behind the wheel test and, thus becoming a change agent network within their various community. LASR programs are made possible through the dedicated efforts our Board and Executive members – many of whom were refugees themselves – and approximately 100 volunteers. While many of our programs and services are currently be delivered at our main offices in Baton Rouge.
Who We Serve
Immigrants and Refugees come to Louisiana from all parts of the world depending on the current political climate. During our more than 5-year history, LASR has worked with hundreds of refugees from every major crisis in history including people fleeing Syrian and Iraq’s killing fields, the genocide in South Sudan and Rwanda and other African countries. In 2016, LASR even played a role in providing assistance for Americans displaced by one of the worst flooding in Louisiana history.