Category: Blog

Finding Home

  Seven years ago, Seng and Brang came to the United States as refugees from Myanmar.  Brang found a minimum-wage job in manufacturing while Seng stayed home with their children. But despite their hard work, they were nearing financial collapse. Rent consumed 70% of their income and an auto loan and credit card payments had this young family careening towards…

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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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Empowerment and Independence

The day after her husband went to jail for assaulting her, “Hua,” a Chinese immigrant, reached out to ReWA. Hua’s husband had abused her in the past, but she had always been too afraid to call the police. Despite her fears, she had tried many techniques to prevent her husband from abusing her. She had already begun doing the things…

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From Limited English to Limitless Possibilities

When Lemlem, a refugee from Ethiopia, arrived in the U.S. she was happy to start her new life in a free country, but did not realize how hard it could be for a newcomer with limited English. She hoped her job experience as a childcare teacher in Ethiopia would help, but learned that the position requires a STARS certificate. Lemlem…

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