Services for Elderly Refugees

Immigrant and Refugee Community Services

Transitioning to life in the U.S. is difficult for elder refugees. In the Des Moines refugee community, some elder individuals lack literacy in their own language, and many often face isolation in their homes. We partner with individuals age 60 and above to foster community connections, improve their quality of life, and work towards their goal of U.S. citizenship.

Participants must be age 60 or above, must not yet be U.S. citizens, and  must have arrived through the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program.

Participants may continue attending these classes and receive support until they become U.S. citizens.

To learn more about this program, contact

Medical Disability Exception Citizenship Waivers (Form N-648)
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