Rosa Mendoza, the executive director of the Diversity Service Center of Iowa, recently received the Peace and Justice Award from the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in Davenport. The award is given to a woman who shares with them “a commitment to the service of the less fortunate among us.”
An active member of the San Pablo United Methodist Church in Muscatine, Rosa Mendoza has “witnessed the suffering of many individuals in my office and have cried with them. The separation of families – of parents from children – has been the greatest agony I have seen,” she acknowledged. “The most beautiful reward in this field is making a difference in someone’s life. To me it is priceless!”
She and her staff have worked with clients from forty different nations who live in communities in eastern Iowa and neighboring Illinois from the Diversity Service Center office in Muscatine. DSCI provides educational outreach services to guide individuals, organizations and employers through the immigration process.
The agency is a recipient of a Matthew 25 grant from the Southeast District, which is made possible with apportionment gifts from local churches of the Iowa Conference. Visit the Diversity Service Center of Iowa on Facebook for more information about their ministry.