Disaster Relief

Disaster Relief

Relief to Families Impacted by the Mount Pleasant Immigration Raid

On May 9, 32 men were arrested and detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) while working at their jobs at a local concrete plant in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. The men, originally from Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, and Honduras, leave behind families, including wives and 24 children. In many cases, the father was the sole wage earner, leaving families with no source of income. This has had a significant impact in the small town of Mount Pleasant, where the men live and their children attend school.


At moments such as these, our faith calls us to wrap our arms around the children and families traumatized by this senseless action. The Statewide Lutheran Disaster Response Team is mobilizing in support of the families affected by the raid, and we need your help. Donations will assist families with food and financial support.


The tearing apart of peaceful, working families is unacceptable. Children facing hunger in our community as a result of dehumanizing raids is unacceptable. Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) and the three Iowa synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) stand together in support of our neighbors and friends. Won’t you stand with us?

To mail your donation, please designate “2018 Immigration Raid Relief” in the memo line of the check, and mail it to:


Lutheran Services in Iowa

Attn: 2018 Disaster Relief

106 16th St. SW

Waverly, IA 50677


LSI and the three Iowa synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have organized a Statewide Lutheran Disaster Response Team to respond to unmet needs from a disaster in the state of Iowa. Following a disaster, this team considers the scope of the damage and determines an appropriate response.