World Refugee Day


Each year on June 20th, we celebrate World Refugee Day to commemorate the strength, resilience, and courage of refugees around the globe. 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. In honor of World Refugee Day, CMC is partnering with Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP) to build 20 children’s beds for refugee families as they are resettled in Iowa. 

NEW DATE: Saturday, July 31, 8:30am – 12:30pm
Hawkeye Material Handling Warehouse
1723 Hawkeye Drive, Hiawatha


  • Give to create welcoming homes for the rest of the family with items like adult beds that bring comfort and peace.
  • $30 – cost of bedding
  • $330 – cost of adult size mattress & frame
  • $360 – cost of whole bed set

Will you help us bring comfort and peace to 10 refugee families in honor of World Refugee Day? 


Update: Volunteer spots are available! Sign up here to create welcoming homes!
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.


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