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Here is the current information about ways you can help Afghan refugees through Catholic Charities:

How you can help.

Our Refugee Services department is welcoming refugees from Afghanistan. Read more on how you can contribute and help us in welcoming them to central Iowa!

Here is the current information about ways you can help Afghan refugees through Catholic Charities:

Help Afghan Refugees

General Information as of 4/6/22

  • We began welcoming Afghan arrivals at the end of September and have provided services for over 300+ individuals so far.
  • As of June 10, 2022, all of Catholic Charities’ Afghan clients have a pathway to permanent housing. Click here to read more.

  • We will continue to welcome more families and individuals through the end of 2022.

Media Requests


  • If you are able to provide HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION, or EMPLOYMENT to Afghan arrivals, please contact Kelyn Anker ( immediately!

Helping Someone IN Afghanistan

  • Unfortunately, Catholic Charities and USCCB do NOT provide services on evacuation of those still in Afghanistan. Please click through the link below for resources on assisting those still in Afghanistan or overseas.

Donations of Funds

  • Donate online at and select Refugee Resettlement in the Designation section.
    • A donation of $250 – $300 could pay for temporary housing for a week!
    • A Donation of $50 – $100 could provide several hot, culturally appropriate meals for a family or individual when they arrive to Des Moines.
  • Mail donations to: Catholic Charities, Attn: Deb Powers, 601 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Contact Deb Powers ( for help with financial donations.

Donations of GoodsAmazon wish list

Donation of Time

  • Currently collecting contact information for those able to help with time.
  • Potential tasks might include:
    • Organizing warehouse donations
    • Donation pick up assistance
    • Packing for apartment set up
    • Helping with apartment set up
    • Transportation to appointments, classes, school, job interviews
    • Airport pickup (interpretation would be provided)
    • Those able to commit consistent time have option of completing office work at CC offices.
  • Sign up to be a volunteer today!
  • Contact Emily Klisares –