Diversity Service Center of Iowa Celebrates 20 Years of Service to Our Community with The Beauty of Culture Event

MUSCATINE, Iowa–The Diversity Service Center of Iowa invites the community to the celebration of its 20 Years of Service to Muscatine and surrounding communities. The celebration event – the Beauty of Culture – is this Friday, Oct. 1, from 5:30 P. M. to 8:00 P. M. at the Pearl City Station, downtown Muscatine.

DSCI opened its doors to the public on March 1, 2001, on its mission to assist families with their immigration process and advocate for senior citizens ages 60+.

“As I think of our 20 years of service and accomplishments, I think of the economic impact we have made in individuals/families lives. And I am also reminded of all the donors who have put their trust in us and have helped form who we are today. For this, I am forever grateful to each one of you.” says Rosa Mendoza, executive director at The Diversity Service Center of Iowa.

This news comes in the wake of accomplishments of the organization, including:

  • Assisting 4,043 families with their immigration process.
  • Serving residents in Iowa and Illinois with a 200-mile radius.
  • Serving an annual average of 70 to 80 senior citizens ages 60+ for additional benefits that help improve their standards of living.

The Diversity Service Center of Iowa looks forward to another 20 years of service providing expertise in immigration and Senior Social Services. Bring the entire family to celebrate the Beauty of Culture and DSCI’s 20 Years of service in  an evening full of music, delicious food, games, prizes, friendship and fun for the entire family. See you there!

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ducational Outreach Program Our organization's focus on immigration legal services grew out of the significant need in the community. As the immigration population in Muscatine and surrounding areas increased, so did the need for social and immigration service. In 1992, a Latino community leader started a program to break the barriers of communication by providing translation and interpretation services to the immigrant community. In 1994, Rosa Mendoza took over her position and during this time the advisory committee of the program suggested that Rosa obtain adequate training to start addressing immigration issues. The first course of action was for Rosa to have a mentor to help guide her through immigration training. Rosa was able to obtain guidance and immigration handbooks from an immigration attorney at the Catholic Charities of New York. Since then, Rosa has received immigration training on an annual basis and is accredited by the US Department of Justice to assist the public on immigration issues. The Diversity Service Center of Iowa was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in 2001 with Rosa Mendoza as its Executive Director. ​ Senior Program In 1997 our local Area Agency on Aging contacted Rosa Mendoza, who was then the coordinator of the Multi-Cultural Center at MCSA (Muscatine Center for Strategic Action). This contact offered the Multi-Cultural Center the opportunity to serve the local Spanish speaking senior citizens of our community through a mealsite. It was then that a monthly mealsite was furnished to serve the need of the minority seniors. In March 2001 when Rosa saw a need for expansion, the Senior Program was continued through the Diversity Service Center of Iowa. As the population of minority senior citizens continued to grow in the Muscatine area, so did the need to provide social services. Fortunately our meal site has grown into what is now known as the Senior Program.