By now most of you have heard the news that Catholic Charities is currently the only agency in Iowa resettling refugees. This past spring, Catholic Charities' Board of Directors voted to continue the program independently from Lutheran Services in Iowa, who had to close its Refugee Resettlement program. The State Bureau of Refugee Services also announced this past spring that they would no longer resettle refugees either, making Catholic Charities the lone agency in Iowa providing this service.
The reality of Catholic Charities' decision has been playing as they immediately began building infrastructure, hiring staff, securing household items and major donations needed to adequately facilitate the program. The support from the community has been amazing. The storage facility is full of new mattresses for families and donations of dishes, pots and pans have begun to fill the new storage shelves.
The local and national media have helped tell the story of Refugee Resettlement in Iowa and how it has evolved over the years. Catholic Charities is proud to be part of this important work – both in the past and in the future.
Check out these links to stories produced by both national and local media.
WHO Radio - Refugee Resettlement Series by Mark Stevens
Iowa Public Radio- The Exchange