Our Mission

Presentation Lantern Center is a drop-in center offering hospitality, educational opportunities and advocacy to adult immigrants, especially women, who are striving to better their lives.
For the safety of our community members, tutoring and services will be virtual until further notice.

For assistance, call (563) 557-7134 and leave a message or email info@thelanterncenter.org. If urgent, call (563) 513-8646.

Over 114 immigrant households were reached this year – meaning 200+ adults and over 55 of their children received one or more of our services, including English support, citizenship tutoring, help with bills, referrals for food support or grocery/household supply deliveries in concert with the VIATS immigrant food security project and additional staff deliveries of learning materials, masks, coats, boots, scarves, Christmas gifts to 45 people. 

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What we’re doing now

Check out the Telegraph Herald’s article about what we’re doing during the pandemic!

At Presentation Lantern Center visitors are greeted by staff and volunteers. They receive a tutor with whom they study English; they learn practical life skills to use in a new country; they meet many people from other countries of origin; they share their stories and cultures; and they experience so much more … and all are blessed by their coming.
The Presentation Lantern Center opened in 2002 to welcome individuals from around the neighborhood and from across the globe. Services are free.
Educational Opportunities
Students work one-on-one with volunteer tutors to learn English and to prepare for the citizenship test.
The center empowers individuals to be advocates for themselves and their families and connects them to community resources.

Multilingual resources

Iowa’s multilingual COVID-19 hotline: (877) 558-2609

Linea de ayuda en Iowa: (515) 344-3936

Guidelines for self-management and self-isolation

Information about COVID-19

Dealing with stress and isolation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

More resources


Donate. Click here or mail a check for “immigrant financial need” to Presentation Lantern Center at

900 Jackson St.

Ste. LL5-1

Dubuque IA 52001


• If you know an immigrant in need, call (563) 557-7134 or email megan@thelanterncenter.org. If urgent, call or text (563) 513-8646.


• Volunteer. Apply to be a tutor here. If you can volunteer with relief efforts, please call and leave a message at (563) 557-7134.


• Our partner VIATS is picking up and dropping off food and supplies for immigrants in need. Learn more here.