We envision every refugee and immigrant welcomed by community, rooted in community, and empowered for community.
Our vision is accomplished through five strategic pillars. Each pillar is inspired and informed by our community partners and by the refugees and immigrants we serve.
I. Welcome and Community Integration
We offer comprehensive resettlement services for refugees and asylees in Western Washington, including housing assistance for new arrivals, casework, intensive English classes, and relevant cultural orientation. We also provide immediate care for immigrants released from the ICE Processing Facility in Tacoma. Volunteers help former detainees navigate next steps and connect asylees to empowering long-term supports as they begin their resettlement process.
In 2020, World Relief Seattle resettled 388 refugees and asylees from 15 countries and served 110 former detainees with next steps planning.
II. Economic Empowerment and Resilience
Our intensive employment services propel newcomers toward self-sufficiency, equipping them with the skills, cultural training, and network needed to quickly get a job. Programs like our Paradise Parking Plots Community Garden, Women's Sewing Class, and Commercial Teaching Kitchen address important issues around job readiness, food security, and environmental justice, as well as provide spaces for people to build relationships and flourish in community.
In 2020, World Relief Seattle helped 535 people from 35 countries access employment services, such as finding a job or accessing unemployment benefits during COVID-19. Staff and volunteers helped 54 refugee and immigrant business owners apply for public grants and achieved a 100% success rate.
III. Next Generation
Parents and children adjust to the community together to thrive in their new life. Our specialized, family literacy class, summer youth academy, and intensive learning internships provide immigrant youth a chance to grow and thrive.
In 2020, World Relief Seattle met the unique and evolving needs of 163 children from 10 countries.
IV. Immigration Legal Services and Justice
Our robust legal services are provided at a reduced rate for newly arrived and low-income immigrants. We also advocate alongside refugees, asylees, and other immigrants for just and compassionat policies.
In 2020, World Relief Seattle helped people from 41 countries address legal concerns around work, travel, and documentation. We helped 35 people apply for citizenship and even filed our first DACA application!
V. Spiritual Care
We facilitate multilingual Christian worship services and spiritual encouragement for immigrants detained at the ICE processing center in Tacoma. Through our continued advocacy for religious rights for immigrants in detention, immigrants of many faith backgrounds have been able to access desired spiritual care as well.