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Our vision is to stimulate and carry forward the gradual shift for immigrant Iowans from generational poverty to generational wealth.



DREAM Iowa’s mission is to increase knowledge, attitudes, skills, so that families understand and select services that will produce sustainable financial outcomes.


  • Optimism
  • Respect
  • Celebration
  • Peace
  • Unity


United, we are all Iowans.

Unidos todos somos Iowanos.


DREAM Iowa was co-founded by sisters, Mónica and Nilvia Reyes, in 2012 shortly after DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) was implemented. The sisters started a Facebook group called Iowa Dreamers in hopes of building a statewide network of immigrant rights advocates and allies. The Facebook group provided immigrants and allies a safe space in which they could post questions and/or resources. By 2014, the group had become much more politically active and changed names to DREAM Iowa. The organizational leaders began bird dogging and shining a spotlight on the issue of immigration in Iowa. DREAM Iowa activists and volunteers would pose questions relating to immigration & immigrants to candidates and elected officials . DREAM Iowa also began holding educational community events like DACA/DAPA clinics. DREAM Iowa finished their documentary, “Every DREAMer Has A Story,” in 2015 and began holding panel discussions across Iowa. DREAM Iowa became a non-profit 501(c)3 organization in 2018 in order to build sustainability in the efforts of lifting the voice and finding avenues to break barriers faced by immigrants.

How can you get involved?

DREAM Iowa is composed of activists and volunteers. When you join the effort for the fair treatment and advancement of Undocumented Iowans are part of DREAM Iowa.  DREAM Iowa’s success lies talents and resources shared by activists and volunteers. Through DREAM Iowa, people will be plugged in to our statewide network of immigrant rights advocates.  DREAM Iowa activists and volunteers are responsible for conducting a positive agenda for change. Anyone who shares time, intelligence and resources for supporting Iowa immigrant families with a proactive and positive agenda is  part of DREAM Iowa. Join the Dream Iowa Team and donate monthly!

We are all DREAM Iowa.

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