Click here to support educational programs and multilingual resources that help new Iowans thrive, as part of the Ray Resource Initiative today!

Nearly every time the subject of immigrants and refugees in Iowa comes up, former Governor Robert D. Ray’s name is also mentioned.  Ray rises above politics as a leader who endeared
himself to Iowans through many years of public service. His association with the resettlement of refugees from Southeast Asia was part of a healing process from a war that internally divided
two nations – theirs and ours. Governor Ray is Iowa’s senior statesman. This is the time to honor him and Billie for their commitment to creating a richly diverse population in the heartland of America. Our state recently celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the fall of Saigon and the initiative to welcome refugees from Southeast Asia to our state under his leadership and guidance. By agreeing to be the focal point of this fundraising effort Governor and Mrs. Ray represent everything the Iowa International Center is trying to accomplish with today’s and tomorrow’s immigrants and refugees.

The Ray Resource Initiative has the following goals:Ray Video Screen Shot

Provide a full range of resources to refugees and immigrants to learn English and find jobs. This includes Accessible ESL (English as a Second Language) classes,. a comprehensive state-wide website in more than 100 languages, interpreters more than 80  languages and dialects and a 24/7 Statewide Emergency Interpretation Hotline in 220 languages, for non-English speakers in crisis.

Financially support the mission of the Iowa International Center, which is to act as the primary resource center for international visitors, refugees, and immigrants in the state of Iowa.

 An Endowment that will help sustain the private non-profit Iowa International Center for years to come.

Contact Executive Director Ms. Patricia Grote to learn how you can make an investment in the Ray Resource Initiative at  515-282-8269, ext. 13 or pgrote@iowainternationalcenter.org.

Click here to make a contribution to support the Iowa International Center and this campaign today!
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