Refugee Assistance Organizations

American Friends Service Committee

4211 Grand Avenue
Des Moines , Iowa , 50312
515.274.4851
https://afsc.org/office/des-moines-ia
Immigrant & refugee outreach & support, legal assistance

Bureau of Refugee Services
1914 Carpenter Street
Des Moines, IA 50314
515.875.5606
Website: http://dhs.iowa.gov/refugee-services
"Through a wide array of services, we are able to help refugees and communities adapt to the challenges they are facing."

Catholic Charities
601 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50319
515.244.3761
http://www.dmdiocese.org/catholic-charities.cfm
Refugee resettlement, job placement, volunteer opportunities

Cottage Grove Presbyterian Church
1050 24th Street
Des Moines, IA 50311
515.279.8877
http://www.cgpresbyterian.org/
Sunday worship services in Arabic & Mabaan

Cross Ministries
1050 24th Street
Des Moines, IA 50311
515.279.9988
http://www.crossministriesdm.org/index.html
Provides financial assistance, food and other basics to people in need

DART (Des Moines Area Regional Transit)
620 Cherry Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
515.283.8100
http://www.ridedart.com/reduced-fare.cfm#Refugee_Program
Refugees can receive a reduced fare ID, which will allow them to purchase bus passes at a reduced rate. Call the DART office or your refugee resettlement agency.

Department of Human Services (DHS)
2309 Euclid Ave
Des Moines, IA 50310
515.725.2600
http://www.dhs.state.ia.us/
Food assistance, health insurance, assistance with elderly & children

Drake Adult Literacy Program
3206 University Avenue
Des Moines Iowa, IA 50311
515.271.3982
http://www.drake.edu/soe/centers/adult-literacy-center/
Improving literacy for adults

EMBARC (Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy & Resource Center)
PO Box 41277
Des Moines, IA 50311
515.650.3339
http://www.embarciowa.org/default.html
Education, advocacy & community development focusing on refugees from Burma. Offers youth tutoring sessions, Adult ESL classes, empowerment and advocacy initiatives, and provides connections to community resources for linguistic or cultural integration. Resources include Health Guide and Legal Guide in English, Lao, Vietnamese, Burmese, Karen, Khmer, and Hmong translations.

Iowa Department of Human Rights
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
515.242.5655
http://www.humanrights.iowa.gov/
Includes Office of Asian & Pacific Islanders, Office for Latino Affairs, Office on the Status of Women

Iowa International Center
319 7th Street, Suite 200
Des Moines, IA 50309
515.282.8269
http://iowainternationalcenter.org/
Interpretation, translation, on-site ESL classes, advocacy & education

Lutheran Services of Iowa
3116 University Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50311
515.271.7411
Refugee resettlement & support
http://www.lsiowa.org/
Refugee resettlement & support 

Monsoon (United Asian Women of Iowa)
Des Moines: 515.288.0881
Iowa City: 319.538.5207
Helpline: 1.866.881.4641
www.muawi.org
Resource, advocate & support for Asian women, children & families affected by domestic violence & sexual assault

Nisaa African Women's Project
4952 Franklin Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310
Phone: 515.288.0881

1700 South 1st Avenue, Suite A
Iowa City, Iowa
Phone: 319.3332453

Website: http://nisaa-afs.org/
Nisaa is a non-profit that aims to end domestic violence and sexual assault in African immigrant and refugee communities by promoting social, economic, political self-determination of all women.

Polk County Community, Family and Youth Services
http://cms.polkcountyiowa.gov/CFYS/pages/aboutUs.aspx
The Department of Community, Family & Youth Services manages and provides a variety of direct and purchased services for families and individuals in all age groups.
Please refer to the website for programs and department contact information.

Polk County Public Health
1907 Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314
515.286.3798
Toll free: 1.866.209.1300
http://cms.polkcountyiowa.gov/health/
Clinics, community education, disease prevention, health planning, immunizations, physicals, family planning

Refugee Resource Center
Providing direct assistance, resources and client-focused advocacy and support for Iowa's refugee community.
An inter-faith, interdisciplinary and intercultural alliance committed to letting the needs of the refugee
community drive our work and advocacy efforts. 
515.650.9272

Email:  rrciowa.org@gmail.com

USCRI (U.S. Committee on Refugees and Immigrants) 

601 Forest Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314
515.528.7525
http://www.refugees.org/about-us/where-we-work/uscri-des-moines/
Resettlement and community integration services for newly-arrived refugees, asylees, and survivors of trafficking. Works in collaboration with federal and local partners to provide ESL tutoring, job search and placement assistance, cultural orientation workshops and trainings, and extended case management services for eligible clients. Volunteer opportunities available.

Visiting Nurse Service of Iowa
1111 9th Street
Suite 320
Des Moines, IA 50314
515.288.1516
 https://www.vnsia.org/
Programs for families, young children, seniors, including flu shots, dental care, home health care

WIC (Women, Infants & Children)
Multiple offices in Iowa. Look on website for map or call:
In Iowa: 1.800.532.1579
Outside Iowa: 1.515.281.6650
http://idph.iowa.gov/WIC
Supplemental nutrition program for babies, children under 5, pregnant women, breastfeeding women & women who've had a baby in the past 6 months

Zion Lutheran Church
4300 Beaver Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310
515.270.8142
http://ziondsm.org/
Services in Arabic, Mizo & Kan Chanchin. Food & clothing banks

Refugee Assistance Organizations

American Friends Service Committee

4211 Grand Avenue
Des Moines , Iowa , 50312
515.274.4851
https://afsc.org/office/des-moines-ia
Immigrant & refugee outreach & support, legal assistance

Bureau of Refugee Services
1914 Carpenter Street
Des Moines, IA 50314
515.875.5606
Website: http://dhs.iowa.gov/refugee-services
"Through a wide array of services, we are able to help refugees and communities adapt to the challenges they are facing."

Catholic Charities
601 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50319
515.244.3761
http://www.dmdiocese.org/catholic-charities.cfm
Refugee resettlement, job placement, volunteer opportunities

Cottage Grove Presbyterian Church
1050 24th Street
Des Moines, IA 50311
515.279.8877
http://www.cgpresbyterian.org/
Sunday worship services in Arabic & Mabaan

Cross Ministries
1050 24th Street
Des Moines, IA 50311
515.279.9988
http://www.crossministriesdm.org/index.html
Provides financial assistance, food and other basics to people in need

DART (Des Moines Area Regional Transit)
620 Cherry Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
515.283.8100
http://www.ridedart.com/reduced-fare.cfm#Refugee_Program
Refugees can receive a reduced fare ID, which will allow them to purchase bus passes at a reduced rate. Call the DART office or your refugee resettlement agency.

Department of Human Services (DHS)
2309 Euclid Ave
Des Moines, IA 50310
515.725.2600
http://www.dhs.state.ia.us/
Food assistance, health insurance, assistance with elderly & children

Drake Adult Literacy Program
3206 University Avenue
Des Moines Iowa, IA 50311
515.271.3982
http://www.drake.edu/soe/centers/adult-literacy-center/
Improving literacy for adults

EMBARC (Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy & Resource Center)
PO Box 41277
Des Moines, IA 50311
515.650.3339
http://www.embarciowa.org/default.html
Education, advocacy & community development focusing on refugees from Burma. Offers youth tutoring sessions, Adult ESL classes, empowerment and advocacy initiatives, and provides connections to community resources for linguistic or cultural integration. Resources include Health Guide and Legal Guide in English, Lao, Vietnamese, Burmese, Karen, Khmer, and Hmong translations.

Iowa Department of Human Rights
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
515.242.5655
http://www.humanrights.iowa.gov/
Includes Office of Asian & Pacific Islanders, Office for Latino Affairs, Office on the Status of Women

Iowa International Center
319 7th Street, Suite 200
Des Moines, IA 50309
515.282.8269
http://iowainternationalcenter.org/
Interpretation, translation, on-site ESL classes, advocacy & education

Lutheran Services of Iowa
3116 University Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50311
515.271.7411
Refugee resettlement & support
http://www.lsiowa.org/
Refugee resettlement & support 

Monsoon (United Asian Women of Iowa)
Des Moines: 515.288.0881
Iowa City: 319.538.5207
Helpline: 1.866.881.4641
www.muawi.org
Resource, advocate & support for Asian women, children & families affected by domestic violence & sexual assault

Nisaa African Women's Project
4952 Franklin Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310
Phone: 515.288.0881

1700 South 1st Avenue, Suite A
Iowa City, Iowa
Phone: 319.3332453

Website: http://nisaa-afs.org/
Nisaa is a non-profit that aims to end domestic violence and sexual assault in African immigrant and refugee communities by promoting social, economic, political self-determination of all women.

Polk County Community, Family and Youth Services
http://cms.polkcountyiowa.gov/CFYS/pages/aboutUs.aspx
The Department of Community, Family & Youth Services manages and provides a variety of direct and purchased services for families and individuals in all age groups.
Please refer to the website for programs and department contact information.

Polk County Public Health
1907 Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314
515.286.3798
Toll free: 1.866.209.1300
http://cms.polkcountyiowa.gov/health/
Clinics, community education, disease prevention, health planning, immunizations, physicals, family planning

Refugee Resource Center
Providing direct assistance, resources and client-focused advocacy and support for Iowa's refugee community.
An inter-faith, interdisciplinary and intercultural alliance committed to letting the needs of the refugee
community drive our work and advocacy efforts. 
515.650.9272

Email:  rrciowa.org@gmail.com

USCRI (U.S. Committee on Refugees and Immigrants) 

601 Forest Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314
515.528.7525
http://www.refugees.org/about-us/where-we-work/uscri-des-moines/
Resettlement and community integration services for newly-arrived refugees, asylees, and survivors of trafficking. Works in collaboration with federal and local partners to provide ESL tutoring, job search and placement assistance, cultural orientation workshops and trainings, and extended case management services for eligible clients. Volunteer opportunities available.

Visiting Nurse Service of Iowa
1111 9th Street
Suite 320
Des Moines, IA 50314
515.288.1516
 https://www.vnsia.org/
Programs for families, young children, seniors, including flu shots, dental care, home health care

WIC (Women, Infants & Children)
Multiple offices in Iowa. Look on website for map or call:
In Iowa: 1.800.532.1579
Outside Iowa: 1.515.281.6650
http://idph.iowa.gov/WIC
Supplemental nutrition program for babies, children under 5, pregnant women, breastfeeding women & women who've had a baby in the past 6 months

Zion Lutheran Church
4300 Beaver Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310
515.270.8142
http://ziondsm.org/
Services in Arabic, Mizo & Kan Chanchin. Food & clothing banks