The Diocese of Des Moines
Catholic Charities continues refugee resettlement services in Iowa
June 30, 2010
Written By: Trish Radke

Imagine being forced to leave your home because of war and having never met your three year old son…

This is reality for Abbas who spent the last three years living in a refugee camp while his wife and three children began a new life in Iowa. Several weeks ago, Abbas was finally reunited with three year old Ahmed when he was able to come to the US through Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program.
Due to recent closures of other refugee programs, Catholic Charities is currently the only resettlement agency in Iowa. Catholic Charities will maintain past efforts to resettle 100-130 refugees annually who have been forced to leave their homeland due to war and persecution because of race, religion or political affiliation.
Catholic Charities invites churches, groups and individuals to get involved in this effort by volunteering time or donating new or gently used items. Please call 515-237-5087 to donate items or click here to make a donation online. Save to