The impact of our work is the result of the hard work of World Relief staff and volunteers, the generosity and prayers of local partners, and the resilience and strength of the refugees and immigrants with whom we work.
We envision every refugee and vulnerable immigrant welcomed by community, rooted in community, and empowered for community.
Welcomed by Community
In 2017, World Relief Seattle served refugees and asylees from: Afghanistan, Belarus, Bhutan, Cameroon, China, Djibouti, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Mexico, Moldova, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Russia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Ukraine.
Rooted in Community
- 320 people got jobs with 188 companies. Gaining employment is one of the most important steps a newcomer can take toward achieving self-sufficiency and feeling rooted in their new community.
- 34 kids participated in World Relief's Summer Camp. Summer Camp focuses on English, cultural orientation, social skills, and school-readiness for refugee and immigrant kids.
- 66% of English learners achieved a full level gain. On site English classes geared toward job-readiness help equip newcomers with the language and cultural skills to begin to build community, and connect them to volunteers and other newcomers in lasting friendships.
- 86 families were paired with volunteer Cultural Companions. Through these mutually-transformative, long-term relationships, newcomers and American volunteers explore friendship and community together.
Empowered for Community
World Relief Seattle envisions newcomers to become empowered for community in new ways. Through the generosity and support of donors, volunteers, and community partners, 2017 saw the launch of the Refugee Women's Sewing Class and the the Paradise Parking Plots Community Garden--both avenues for newcomers to explore their inherent resiliency and contribute to a thriving community in new ways.