USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Ensures Services to Refugees Continue in Black Hawk County

March 6, 2014

(Waterloo, IA) – In response to community requests for continued services to Burmese refugees in Black Hawk County, Iowa, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) has agreed to extend services through its office in Waterloo. USCRI Waterloo has offered cultural orientation, case management, and English language training services to Burmese refugees since October 2012. “We’ve realized the continued need for refugee services in Waterloo and have decided to make the commitment to assist them even after the federal grant funding ends,” says Lavinia Limón, President and CEO of USCRI. The office will remain open on a part-time basis until funds are raised to transition the services to Cedar Valley Refugee Newcomers Services, a new program that will be operating through Operation Threshold, a local Black Hawk County community assistance organization.

Donations for USCRI Waterloo and Cedar Valley Refugee Newcomer Services are currently being accepted to meet the $114,000 funding goal.  “The greater Cedar Valley community has truly come together to sustain services for our new Burmese neighbors,” explains Ann Grove, Lead Case Manager.  “USCRI Waterloo has been able to provide wider services thanks to the tremendous commitment of volunteers in assuring that the local refugee community feels welcome.”

If you would like more information on how to donate or volunteer with USCRI Waterloo, please contact the USCRI Waterloo office at 319-234-0843 or USCRI also serves refugees from its permanent office in Des Moines, Iowa as well as 30 other affiliated agencies across the country.

USCRI has been protecting refugees, serving immigrants and upholding freedom since 1911.


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Stacie Blake
Director of Government and Community Relations

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