Last year, violence, persecution, and political instability forced a record number of families from around the world to flee their homes. More than 2,500 refugees escaping these traumatic circumstances were given the opportunity to rebuild their lives in Washington state. But for many, the initial transition is difficult. Most newly arrived refugees face language barriers, struggle to secure living-wage employment, and are high risk of homelessness.
For 31 years, ReWA has provided refugees and immigrants with the tools they need to thrive as part of the Puget Sound community.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to you and to our community for welcoming refugees and immigrants with open arms by offering support and encouragement throughout their journeys to self-sufficiency. I am pleased to present ReWA’s 2015 Annual Report as an opportunity to celebrate with you the resiliency and strength of our newest neighbors and our accomplishments.
With Deepest Gratitude,
Mahnaz K. Eshetu, Executive Director, ReWA