This page exists to provide helpful information to members of a Seattle-area Good Neighbor Team, a small team of people from a local church committed to coming around a new refugee family as they settle in to life in America.

When it comes to important appointments and applications, the role of a Good Neighbor Team is to help fill out forms, set up appointments, and ensure that the family has sufficient transportation. Although the processes may be unfamiliar to you, your expertise as literate English-speakers will be very valuable as you engage the various processes alongside your refugee friends. In many cases, it will be tempting to do things for the new family, but you will serve them best by doing things with them and eventually coaching them in doing it themselves.

(For instance, the first appointment you might drive the family, the second you might call HopeLink together on speakerphone to set up transportation, the third you might go with them on the bus)

Social security card application

Public assistance application

State ID application

Green card application

Enrolling in WIC (women, infants, and children)

Medical Transportation Services

Establishing Primary Care

Health Screening Services


Public school enrollment

Childcare Subsidies