Mission and History

Our Mission

ReWA is a non-profit, multi-ethnic organization that promotes inclusion, independence, personal leadership, and strong communities by providing refugee and immigrant women and their families with culturally and linguistically appropriate services. ReWA advocates for social justice, public policy changes, and equal access to services while respecting cultural values and the right to self-determination.


History and MissionOur History

ReWA has helped refugee and immigrant women and families thrive since 1985.

A group of successfully resettled women founded ReWA, formerly known as Southeast Asian Women’s Alliance (SEAWA), to provide newly arrived women with the services that were not available from other agencies.

From a small, informal alliance of concerned refugee women, ReWA has grown to become one of the largest non-profit refugee and immigrant service providers in the Puget Sound area. Our programs respond to the complex needs of refugees and immigrants with the primary goal of making a positive and long-lasting impact on their lives.

ReWA has a broad base of funding, including federal and local governments, United Way, private foundations, and corporations. Individual donors who give generously in support of ReWA’s service to the community play a vital role in our continued success.