Category: Covid-19 Impact

ReWA case manager helps a woman in headscarf fill out application forms

Day 1 keeps families housed

A trained chemist stocking shelves at Costco. An experienced accountant mopping floors. These women are only two of the many immigrants and refugees with professional backgrounds who come to the U.S. but get stuck in low-wage jobs. Without a chance to take courses to re-certify in their previous career fields, they struggle to make ends meet, and are one unexpected-bill…

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blue paper mache piggy bank created by Angel, a 3rd grader

Youth Annual Showcase Art Gallery

Youth Art Showcase   One good thing about being stuck at home is the extra time to make art! ReWA encourages our students to explore art as a way to express, reflect, and cultivate an image they could not with words. This year’s Annual Youth Art Showcase has gone virtual and features work of art by youth, ages 8-21, and reflecting the…

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children at desks learning to write alphabet with felt tip markers

We are headed Back to School…online

Back to School Appeal update (9.3.20): Big thank you to everyone who gave to ReWA’s Back to School appeal last week. Thanks to your support and generosity we raised over $2k for tech purchases and received numerous items from the WishList including laptops, headphones and webcams so students from immigrant and refugee families can stay connected to learning this year….

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Kimberly Lee is a ReWA youth instructor

Youth tackle teen homelessness

Back in February when we had no idea what was in store for us. In partnership with the Seattle Reparatory Theatre (the Rep), ReWA’s Project-Based Learning (PBL) program was set to focus on storytelling and public speaking – skills particularly helpful for English Language Learners. Little did we know how meaningful these skills would be as youth faced a global…

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ESL teacher's finger pointing to mailed homework packet

ESL online: bridging the digital divide

ReWA’s ESL Coordinator, Yuliya Matyushkina, doesn’t usually make house-calls, but last week she did. Wearing a face mask and social distancing, she visited several adult English learners to help them learn to use a laptop for English classes. ReWA’s six classrooms in Seattle, Kent and SeaTac, reach over 200 students each year. English learners come from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Afghanistan,…

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