Refugees from Syria

According to Amnesty International, 12 million Syrians have fled their homes in fear. Half of them are children and more than five million of them have left the country and become refugees. Today, 99% of Syrians are held in just five countries:

Turkey – more than 3.6 million Syrian refugees

Lebanon – 949,000

Jordan – 672,000

Iraq – 253,000

Egypt – 133,000

The refugee resettlement process is lengthy, extremely detailed and very safe. Only those Syrian refugees registered by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and identified as being particularly at risk are considered for U.S. resettlement. Syrians go through more security screenings than other refugees before allowed to travel to the U.S.

Amnesty International says there are approximately 225 million refugees – people fleeing their homes because of war, armed conflict, violence, etc. – across the globe.

Citizenship and English language mentoring

Hello again, friends,

I just wanted to bring you up to date on some amazing and wonderful statistics.

LI3 works closely with the Littleton Immigrant Resource Center at Bemis Public Library.  The LIRC trains community members to be mentors to immigrants seeking to learn English and to become citizens.  Community volunteers are matched one-on-one with immigrants, and the pairs study together at times and location (usually the library) convenient to both.

The pairs report the development of close friendships and two-way cultural understandings.  Many of the mentors enjoy the experience so much that they volunteer over and over again!

I’m proud to announce that since the mentoring programs began, more than 450 immigrants have been assisted by 220 community volunteers.

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, please contact the LIRC at 303.795.3968 or email

Susan Thornton

Chair, LI3


Welcome to LI3!


Welcome to the Littleton Immigrant Integration Initiative.

This new nonprofit is designed to support programs in our community that encourage learning English, becoming citizens and participating fully in the life of the community.

We also provide limited support to individual documented immigrants and refugees seeking a better life for their families.  For example, we provided one refugee from Iraq with assistance to buy tools so that he could increase his family’s income in his work as a mechanic.  Other examples:  we may provide partial tuition for English classes, books and materials for classes, GED preparation and testing, and assistance with citizenship application and processing fees.

We depend on the generosity of community members as we seek to make Littleton a community where people from around the world feel “at home.”  We welcome your ideas, your caring and your financial support.  We hope you will join us on this journey to a just and equitable future for all.

Susan Thornton

Chair, LI3

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