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Honoring Our Mothers

Huong Nguyen is an ESL volunteer with some deep roots with ReWA. Her mother was Emmanuelle Chi Dang, and you may recognize her portrait from the ReWA lobby. “My mother was an English teacher in Vietnam. She was a very active person, so after she resettled in Seattle, she had a vision to help Vietnamese refugees. Many of them had…

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ReWA staff and volunteers assist with immigration and citizenship applications at a recent Citizenship Clinic.

Citizenship Clinic helps 43 clients

ReWA’s Citizenship Clinic in Lake City last month was packed to capacity and served 43 people from 22 countries. Our Citizenship Program staff members, Oksana Bilobran, Annie Henderson, and Yennhi Le, as well as volunteers and staff from our clinic partner, International Rescue Committee, completed at least 23 naturalization applications.  Under the Trump Administration the backlog of citizenship applications processed…

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ReWA Awards Youth Scholarship

In December, ReWA’s Youth Program awarded $500 scholarships to eight students. Over winter break, Youth Program staff and students celebrated the winners at a Youth Social. At the awards ceremony, one of the scholarship recipients, pictured here, shared wisdom with younger students, inspiring them to persevere in the face of obstacles and hold fast to their dreams. The scholarship recipients…

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Remembering Roz Schuessler

Volunteer ESL teacher and a rare bloom When Belkis arrived at her Tuesday night ReWA ESL class, she collapsed into a chair with a sigh. Sitting around the U-shaped table with other classmates, her hair dripped with rain and her face was weary from a long day as a commercial painter — one of her three jobs. But her eyes…

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Hawa and Halima: Resilience in Action

Only a few hours before their flight was scheduled for take-off, six-year-old Halima came down with food poisoning. Her mother Hawa felt hot tears spring to her eyes, the strain of the moment almost too much to bear. Hawa had spent the last 20 years in Ethiopia, behind the walls of a refugee camp. Now she was making this journey…

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