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 2018, World Relief Seattle resettled 757 refugees and asylees from: Ukraine, Afghanistan, Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Eritrea, Somalia, Cameroon, Nigeria, Guinea, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Iraq, Burma, Sudan, Mexico, Kenya, Djibouti, Senegal, Venezuela, Rwanda, Burundi, El Salvador, Zimbabwe
Also this past year, our staff and volunteers served 4,025 immigrants who were detained at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, WA. We are now serving detainees with both Post-Release and Post-Deportation services.
Rooted in Community
58 families and individuals were paired with volunteer Cultural Companions. Through these mutually-transformative, long-term relationships, newcomers and American volunteers explore friendship and community together.
275 people got jobs with 175 companies
94 English learners achieved a full level gain (gains in reading, writing, speaking, and listening) within just 6 weeks of classes.
Empowered for Community
World Relief Seattle envisions newcomers to become empowered for community in new and deeper ways. In the past year, gardeners from 19 different countries have gardened in one of the 50 plots in the Paradise Parking Plots Garden. Not only has the garden given immigrants, refugees, and Asylees an opportunity to grow culturally appropriate foods, increase food access and promote healthier living, but it has also cultivated community. The diversity of cultures and a shared love for gardening provides a rich and unifying community for the gardeners. The garden has become a place of friendship, rejuvenation, and peace.
Our Refugee Youth Summer Camp had record participation of 52 newly arrived refugee youth. The summer camp was five weeks long, 3.5 hours each weekday. During the summer camp, the youth would participate in activities that would help them navigate the American school system and feel empowered starting school in the fall.