About Us



The Lao American Community Services is organized to assist refugees and immigrants from Laos residing in Illinois, especially those in metropolitan Chicago, to become self-sufficient, productive participants in American society while preserving and enhancing their cultural heritage, identity, and their sense of belonging to a community.


In 1975, the end of the war in Vietnam initiated a mass exodus of millions of refugees from the Southeast Asian countries from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. By 1985, nearly one million refugees resettled to the United States. From 1975 to 1983, over 3,500 Laotian refugees were resettled in Chicago, primarily in the Albany Park and Uptown neighborhoods. Others settled in the suburbs of Aurora, Elgin, Joliet, and Rockford.


LACS currently provides the following services in Chicago and South Elgin:

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