MUSCATINE – On March 1, 2001, the Iowa Diversity Service Center opened its doors to immigrant families and seniors seeking help.
The center is now located on Isett Avenue and has continued to assist immigrants in everything from obtaining documents to helping them achieve a higher standard of living.
In two weeks, DSCI will be celebrating its 20th anniversary and Rosa Mendoza, Founder and CEO, couldn’t be happier.
“I remember all the struggles we went through, and I remember our funders and donors who were ready and believed in our mission,” Mendoza said.
Mendoza has been involved in immigration matters since 1994 and is accredited by the US Department of Justice. She is the former coordinator of the MCSA multicultural center.
His favorite part of his job is seeing the impact DSCI has on people’s lives.
“It’s so beautiful to see,” she said, “When I get a phone call from a client telling me that he has just crossed the border and that he is going to be reunited with his family, it means so much.
Last year, DSCI accepted over 250 new immigration cases, with clients from 20 countries. Through its educational program, DSCI helps families achieve financial stability by obtaining documents and helps spouses avoid deportation.