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1200 University AveSuite 12Des Moines, IA 50314


Family Friends will assist newly arrived refugee families living in the Des Moines area acclimate to life in the United States. Through meaningful relationships, Family Friends will promote self-sufficiency and provide refugee families with the tools they need to thrive in their new home and become active participants in the community. This relationship will be mutually beneficial, with Family Friends providing their refugee families with opportunities to help and assist them as well. Family Friends and refugee families will walk side by side, learning and growing together as they develop deep and meaningful relationships.

Family Friends can participate in a variety of activities with their matched refugee family including: learning how to ride the bus, registering for a library card, applying for a driver’s permit, and going to the grocery store. Family Friends and refugee families alike are encouraged to come up with their own activities that are engaging and help build their relationships.

Training and ongoing support are provided for this position. For more information, please contact us at volunteer@uscri-desmoines.org.


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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4 hours per month for a minimum of 6 months
  • patience, open mindedness, and a desire to assist refugees in Des Moines

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