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Migration & refugee Services - Des Moines, Iowa

Migration & Refugee Services


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666 Grand Ave., Ruan Building

9th Floor

Des Moines, IA 50309

Refugee Resettlement Program Manager


Volunteer/Donations Specialist




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Refugee Resettlement


About Refugee Resettlement

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

What is a refugee?
An individual who has fled their country of origin and who meets the United Nations’ criteria of having a “well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion”.


Catholic Charities is currently resettling refugees from Burma, Bhutan, Eritrea, and Iraq.


Learn more about the conflicts in these countries and the hardships endured by the courageous and resilient people coming to make a new home in Iowa at


How you can help

You can directly help a refugee who has been forced to flee their homeland due to violence and persecution. Your financial support of the Refugee Resettlement Program makes you an active part in offering a caring and supportive environment for refugees as they begin new lives right here in Iowa. You can give hope and the opportunity to begin again.



Click here for information about volunteer opportunities with Refugee Resettlement


Download a  full list of items needed for Refugee Resettlement here