World Refugee Day

WORLD REFUGEE DAY BUILD-A-BED EVENT

Each year on June 20th, we celebrate World Refugee Day to commemorate the strength, resilience, and courage of refugees around the world. The Catherine McAuley Center provides educational and supportive services specifically designed to help refugees and immigrants overcome the complex barriers of U.S. systems.

When a refugee family steps off the plane in Iowa, they are greeted by CMC Case Managers and welcomed into their new home, filled with the furniture and supplies that bring comfort and peace. In honor of World Refugee Day this June, CMC is partnering with Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP) to build 20 children’s beds for refugee families as they are resettled in Iowa. 

Saturday, June 26, 8:30am – 12:30pm
Sleep in Heavenly Peace Warehouse
1723 Hawkeye Drive, Hiawatha


VOLUNTEERS

Update: Volunteer spots are filled. Alongside SHP experts, volunteers will use provided tools to cut stacks of lumber, sand wood, drill and screw pieces together into headboards and side rails, and stain and seal the wood. Beds will be stored in the Sleep in Heavenly Peace warehouse and moved into the homes of newly-arrived refugee families throughout the year.

CREATE WELCOMING HOMES! 

Did you miss the volunteer sign-up but still want to get involved? You can build a welcoming home when you give to our bedding drive! Click here to donate a new twin size bedding set to furnish the newly built beds.

BECOME A LONG-TERM BED ASSEMBLY VOLUNTEER

CMC is seeking a small crew of dedicated volunteers who will receive special training at the event to assemble beds during client moves. Moves typically take place on a Wednesday or Saturday and volunteers will be given 2-5 days notice. This role will last until all 20 beds have been given out. For more information, contact volunteer@cmc-cr.org.


WHO ARE REFUGEES?

REFUGEES IN EASTERN IOWA

Over the last three years, the Catherine McAuley Center has helped 460 refugees make Eastern Iowa their home. Refugees are an integral part of the community from small towns like Columbus Junction to larger cities like Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Waterloo.