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International Groups

Catholic Charities Refugee Refugee Resettlement Program
Sanjita Shrestha
601 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309

Central Mission of the Organization:

The Refugee Resettlement Program works to resettle individuals who have been forced to flee their home country because of war and persecution. About 130 individuals will resettle in Iowa this year through Catholic Charities.

Resettlement efforts focus on the first 90 to 180 days of arrival and include:

Assistance with housing, food & transportation
Cultural orientation
Job placement assistance
English language classes

International Issues and Focus:

Immigration and refugee issues.

Events and Programs Sponsored:

Help provide refugee and their families with basic necessities, such as furniture, household items, clothing. Assist refugees in obtaining housing and employment and in learning about the routines of daily life in a new setting.

Membership: There is no membership, but volunteers to assist refugee families in adjusting o their new lives in Iowa are needed and welcome.


University News
October 20, 2016
The Comparison Project will present the third event in its 2016–2017 series on death and dying. A community interfaith dialogue on Oct. 27 will feature representatives of three different refugee religions in Des Moines.