The Diocese of Des Moines
Do you know what a refugee is?
June 19, 2010
Written By: Trish Radke

Do you know what a refugee is?

Sunday, June 20 is World Refugee Day, a day to bring awareness of the millions of people who have had to flee their homeland due to persecution because of war, religious beliefs and other realities that we here in America can only begin to understand.


Beginning July 1, Catholic Charities in Des Moines will begin resettling refugees independently after 15 years of successful collaboration with Lutheran Services in Iowa, making the agency the only one in Iowa to continue refugee resettlement.


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. Resettlement efforts include assisting with housing, food, transportation, cultural orientation and job placement for the first 90 to 180 days of arrival.


But we can't do it alone. Please consider helping by donating time or items to help families who come to Iowa in search of a better life.


Items currently needed (new or gently used please):


Dinning tables and chairs

Kitchen Utensils-Spatulas, wooden spoons, etc
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Cleaning-Multipurpose Surface cleaners, laundry detergent, dish soap, brooms, dust pans, trash bags
Plastic Shower curtain liners, shower rings, small trash cans
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