WORLD REFUGEE DAY
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.
While CMC resettles individuals from many countries including Burma, Eritrea, and Iraq, over 85% of the populations resettled in Eastern Iowa are from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Join us in reaching our goal of raising $7,595 in honor of each mile traveled from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Cedar Rapids.
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!
WHAT YOUR GIFT PROVIDES
While the federal resettlement program expects refugees to be self-sufficient after just 90 days in the United States (not very much time to get adjusted to a whole new culture and language!), the Catherine McAuley Center is committed to supporting these families with additional services so they can truly thrive in our community. Your gift helps provide the following services that are available to refugees in Eastern Iowa:
✔ Job seeking support
✔ Cultural orientation
✔ Resource navigation to help people access resources like housing and child care, and reunite with family members who are still overseas
✔ Healthcare navigation
✔ Child care business development program for refugee women
✔ Bus orientation
✔ A multi-lingual call center to help people connect to additional resources they may need in the face of COVID-19.