Welcoming refugees to Iowa

MARCH 15, 2019

NICK WUERTZ, Director of Refugee Community Services, Lutheran Services in Iowa

11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Waveland Hall
4126 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines

$10 per person (payable at the door) — includes lunch

More individuals than ever before have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict and persecution. Historically the United States and Iowa have played a lead role in offering refuge to the most vulnerable of these families who are resettled from around the globe. As federal policies rapidly change, what are the impacts being seen here in Iowa? How are organizations and communities working to strengthen their ability to welcome refugee families and foster their successful integration into their new communities? Nick Wuertz, the Director of Refugee Community Services at Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) will answer these questions and share how LSI works to empower individuals and families as they pursue their dreams in their new community and how you can help.

Nick Wuertz serves as the Director of Refugee Community Services at Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI), where he has worked for the last 12 years welcoming refugee families and enhancing services for refugees in Central Iowa. He is very passionate about helping others understand the U.S. Refugee Resettlement program, the populations that are arriving, and the ways refugees contribute their skills and experiences in their new communities.

Following the suspension of LSI’s refugee resettlement program in 2010, Nick helped lead the development of post-resettlement services at LSI which now provide training, technical assistance, and support to over 1,100 individuals each year in the areas of Education, Family Wellness, and Economic Development. Nick serves as the chair of the Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa which has brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to advance Central Iowa’s ability to welcome and equip refugee families for success.

Nick is a native of Waverly, IA, and a graduate of Wartburg College. His mother’s family emigrated from Denmark when she was in kindergarten. His father comes from a family of German immigrants.

Please email 
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Crossroads is a monthly gathering of Interfaith Alliance of Iowa. An opportunity to learn, to participate in civil dialogue, and to discuss issues at the crossroads of religion and politics.