Des Moines

The USCRI Des Moines Field Office has welcomed over 4,000 refugees from around the world to Central Iowa since 2010. Refugees resettled in Central Iowa primarily come from Afghanistan, Burma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, and Syria. Newly arrived refugees receive comprehensive services including housing placement, cultural orientation, school enrollment, healthcare coordination, and employment preparation and placement. USCRI Des Moines also serves survivors of human trafficking and refugees and immigrants who have been in the U.S. for longer periods of time.

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Organize a donation drive, sponsor a refugee family, or volunteer with us! USCRI Des Moines has a number of volunteer positions open including administrative support, donations management, apartment set up, bus training, client transportation to and from appointments, and State ID procurement. These are ongoing opportunities with training that provide a chance for continued service. For more information, email us at

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USCRI Des Moines hosted its third annual Welcoming Iowa benefit Thursday, October 14th, 2021 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the Foundry Distilling Company in Historic Valley Junction.

The largest refugee resettlement agency in Iowa, USCRI Des Moines expects to welcome 340 refugees and 125 Afghan evacuees over the coming year, helping new Iowans establish homes and livelihoods as well as access health care, education, legal support, and other vital community resources.

USCRI Des Moines Field Office Director Kerri True-Funk kicked off the event by giving a review of the agency’s accomplishments over the past year and thanking the event’s generous sponsors.

Lanon Baccam a military veteran and son of Taidam refugees from Laos, gave the keynote address, emphasizing our duty to welcome those who made great sacrifices to stand alongside our troops in Afghanistan.

We also heard updates on the refugee situation globally from USCRI VP of Strategic Development Kevin Sturtevant, and Kenia Calderon Ceron, VP/Bilingual Business Development Director for GreenState Credit Union and a member of USCRI Des Moines’ Advisory Committee.

Attendees experienced what hospitality looks like in different cultures, enjoying live musical performances by Mary Mawi and Heritier Impaneza and food from three local refugee-owned restaurants – Kathmandu Restaurant, Palmyra Restaurant, and Phở All Seasons.

Iowans raised over $50,000 for the event to support Afghan and refugee arrivals to Des Moines over the coming year. These unrestricted funds are crucial as the agency works to rapidly rebuild infrastructure dismantled under the previous administration.

For those unable to attend this year’s event you can still donate online by visiting

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