IowaWINs honored for work with families impacted by ICE RaidWritten by Theresa Rose on April 19, 2019
On April 18, the Iowa Disaster Human Resource Council awarded Iowa WINS (Iowa Welcomes Immigrant Neighbors) their annual Don Hampton Award for group volunteer disaster assistance. Members of IowaWINS were in Des Moines to accept the award which was presented by Greg Smith, a member of the Council, and Joyce Flinn, Iowa’s Director of Homeland Security.
IowaWINS, a commission of the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Pleasant, has provided support for the families of men detained in the ICE raid of May 9, 2018. With assistance from other churches and organizations, IowaWINS has offered counseling, a food pantry, ESL and transportation to court dates. Through grants, donations, and fundraising, the organization continues to help the families with rent, utilities and legal fees until the men receive work permits and can once again contribute income.
IowaWINs (Iowa Welcomes its Immigrant Neighbors) was originally established in the fall of 2015 in Mt. Pleasant in response to the global refugee crisis. Since its formation, the Commission expanded the Vision and Mission to include immigrants living in our community. The Commission is open to all community members.
That the greater Mount Pleasant community would be an inclusive and hospitable community that welcomes people from across the world looking for a new home.
In order to achieve that vision, the MISSION OF IowaWINs is to:
· Identify the issues that newcomers face here, to provide solutions and help integrate them with the community at large.
· Build relationships among the diverse members of our community.
· Build and maintain the infrastructures and sustainable programs that improve opportunity and services now and for future generations of immigrants.
· Provide educational and cultural outlets to the community to learn more about the people (and their needs) who come to Mount Pleasant.
Anyone interested in joining this effort should contact Tammy Shull at email@example.com, 319-986-5173.
This is a community and First Presbyterian Church commission. All are welcome. Pastor is Trey Hegar, (319) 986-5851, firstname.lastname@example.org.