VCC 2022

Afghan Refugee Shuttle Service

We have begun welcoming Afghan refugees into our community the last couple weeks. Housing has been set up for them, but they are not close to regular bus lines or grocery stores. Valley Church and the Valley Community Center want to welcome our new neighbors by offering them a weekly shuttle service from their housing locations to the store and back.

This is a 3 to 3.5 hour volunteer time commitment. You can sign up for as many slots as you'd like. Our hope is that volunteers signing up as shuttle drivers do this on an ongoing basis (or as often as they can), so that they are comfortable with the process and so we can build relationships with our new Afghan refugee neighbors!

Prior to the first volunteer shift, we require volunteers to fill out a Driver Screening Form and provide a copy of photo ID. Natalie Rork, Refugee Connection Center Supervisor for LSI, will accompany volunteers for their first shift to help out, discuss best practices/boundaries, and answer any questions they have.

TIMELINE FOR THURSDAY EVENING SHUTTLE:

  • 5:30/5:45pm: Pick up 15 passanger van from Valley Church
  • 6pm: Pick up clients (approximately 5 people) at the Extended Stay West Des Moines (2701 Westown Pkwy)
  • 6:15/6:30pm: Transport clients to Windsor Heights Walmart - 1001 73rd St, Windsor Heights, IA 50324 and wait in the van while they shop 
  • 7:30/8pm: Return to hotel
  • Return 15 passanger van to Valley Church

TIMELINE FOR SATURDAY MORNING SHUTTLE:

  • 9:30/9:45am: Pick up 15 passanger van from Valley Church
  • 10am: Pick up clients (approximately 5 people) at the Extended Stay Urbandale ( 3940 114th St)
  • 10:15/10:30am: Transport clients to Windsor Heights Walmart - 1001 73rd St, Windsor Heights, IA 50324 and wait in the van while they shop 
  • 11:30am/12pm: Transport clients to Hilal Grocery Store - 1163 25th St, Des Moines, IA 50311 and wait in the van while they shop 
  • 12:30/1pm: Return to hotel
  • Return 15 passanger van to Valley Church

 

Created by:   Lisa Lewis
 



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