Earlier this year, shortly after the pandemic began, Latinx Immigrants of Iowa requested the use of First Unitarian’s building for food distribution to families, many of whom fell through the cracks of the community safety net, through its newly formed organization, Knock and Drop.
The Immigration Justice Team had previously worked with Latinx Immigrants and its founders, Zuli Garcia and Jose Alvarado, as hosts for family reunifications at First Unitarian.
Last week First Unitarian received this letter of thanks from the organization:
I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for allowing us to use your Church when it was available for both the Reunification of Families and our food distribution. We will no longer use the church space, because we are excited to announce that we have our own space. We have named it the Latinx Center for many reasons. Not only will we have the food pantry there every Wednesday and possibly weekends once we have the refrigerators delivered. But we will open it up for many more things. We want to collaborate with many others out there to help out our community as much as possible.
Our new location is located at Franklin Jr. High 4801 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310.
We are so thankful for this opportunity and excited to make this grow. Now we have to work hard to pay rent, so please, please, please share our achievements with all who wish to support us with a donation. Remember as of October we received our 501c3 and it was backdated to April of this year.
Thank You Again for your support to our community! Remember to follow us on Facebook at Knock and Drop Iowa or our website latinxknockanddropiowa.org.