Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA) delivers a continuum of culturally competent, wrap around services in 35 languages to support refugee and immigrant families as they adjust to life in their new home. Programs include: Family Support, Domestic Violence, Early Childhood Education, Senior Nutrition, licensed mental health services, parent education, ESL, vocational training, and specialized programming for people with developmental disabilities.
REWA was one of two non-profit organizations in the Puget Sound that received the Neighborhood Builder Award from the Bank of America. REWA will receive $200,000 in operating support as well as leadership development training over the next two years. This award recognizes ReWA’s leadership, impact and contributions to the community.
ReWA strives to be a “one stop shop” for refugee and immigrant families seeking services, providing mental health, education, employment, and social services under the same roof. Services are offered in 35 languages, in 10 locations throughout King County. By hiring culturally and linguistically appropriate staff, ReWA is able to break down many of the barriers preventing refugees and immigrants from accessing mainstream services.
ReWA’s programs are constantly adapting to meet the needs of newly arriving populations; this is both a challenge and an opportunity, as it requires hiring additional staff and translating program materials while increasing their scope and ability to serve additional populations. They have also been able to hire additional staff with the cultural and linguistic ability to serve newly arrived populations, such as the Burmese and Bhutanese communities.
While ReWA has felt the strain of the economic climate over the last 12 months, their diverse funding streams have enabled them to continue offering the same level of programs, and even increase the amount of services offered in some cases; they have increased support services available to single refugees, expanded their senior meal program to serve the Bhutanese community in South King County, increased their domestic violence support group language offerings to include Arabic, hired a staff immigration attorney and received accreditation from the Board of Immigration Appeals so that certain staff members may represent clients in immigration matters in front of the US Citizenship and Immigration Service.
Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:
Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:
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$50,000.00||support general operating expenses and the purchase of computer equipment.|