Plymouth Welcomes a Refugee Family

The Welcoming Migrants Committee and the Board of Christian Social Action are excited to introduce the Plymouth Welcomes a Refugee Family Project! Over the next several months, our congregation will welcome and assist a refugee family as they establish their new home in our city.

A group of Plymouth volunteers is hard at work planning and preparing for the family’s arrival later in the year. We are coordinating our project with USCRI-Des Moines (United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants). USCRI is handling the governmental aspects of relocating the family; we will focus on providing food, clothing, housing, furniture, household goods, mentoring, and friendship.

What we know: a family is coming to our city, as early as this September.

What we don’t know:

  • the family’s country of origin
  • the family member profile: numbers, ages, special needs
  • date of arrival


We have secured a generous grant from the Plymouth Church Foundation to help fund the project. We are now looking for a pool of volunteers and donated items as we plan for the family’s arrival.

Ready to practice some radical love? Consider how you might get involved through the volunteer & donation options below! In the meantime, please hold the refugee family and project committee in your prayers.

Stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks!

Current Volunteer & Donation Needs

Beginning in June, we will be gathering new or gently used items to fully furnish an apartment for the family. If you would like to donate items or assist with collecting or moving items, please click the buttons below to see our current needs.

We will share additional volunteer opportunities as the project progresses. Stay tuned!

Please do not drop off unsolicited items at the church. Our current needs are limited to the specific items listed at the “DONATE ITEMS” link above. We are NOT accepting clothing donations at this time.

Financial Contributions
If you’re interested in donating to this project, you can do so online here by selecting “Refugee Family Project” under Donation Type. You can also mail cash or a check with “Refugee Family Project” in the memo line to:

Plymouth Church
ATTN: Nancy Basset
4126 Ingersoll, Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50312

Want to know more about the Plymouth Welcomes a Refugee Family Project?

If you have questions about donating furniture/household items or volunteering to move items, please contact Donna Paulsen at or 515.225.9784

For more information or other questions, you may contact our project chairperson, Alicia Claypool at

Thank you!

Project Leadership Team: Alicia Claypool (Chair), Jan Campbell, Mark Doherty, Linda Dorsey, Lynn Hicks, Diane Krell, Mary Nelson, Donna Paulsen, Erin Riker, Janet Rosenbury, Meg Smith, Virginia Traxler.

Pastoral Staff Support: Lindsey Braun & Rushing Kimball

Jesus, from Matthew 25:35-40:

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me’ … Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you?’ … the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”

Photo from USCRI-Des Moines