RACI is a voluntary membership network of service providers, government agencies, religious groups, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions that work together to better serve the needs of the growing refugee population in central Iowa. We provide targeted assistance in the areas of health, housing and transportation, interpretation, education, legal, along with advocacy at federal, state, and local government level.

Our vision is

To assure a welcoming community for refugees in which they have an equal opportunity to achieve individual growth and prosperity and to fully participate in civic and cultural life.

Our mission is

To increase awareness of and access to services, resources and programs so that refugees receive the maximum benefit as they resettle and become participatory citizens in central Iowa.

Coordinating Partners

These are the 6 coordinating organizations of RACI.

Teree Caldwell-Johnson

District Four

Nick Wuertz

LSI’s Refugee Community Services in Des Moines

Helene Grossman

United Way of Central Iowa

Gary Taylor

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Betty Devine

Polk County Community, Family, and Youth Services

Chad Dham

Iowa Bureau of Refugee Services