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Ukrainian Community Center of Washington 

Description

Since 1998, Ukrainian Community Center of Washington is addressing basic, emergent, and mental health needs of the Ukrainian/Russian community. Our goal is to help meet their basic needs, improve self-sufficiency and strength of immigrant families and individuals. We are a team of dedicated staff and volunteers who know how to navigate the social service system and seek to better the lives of our community members. UCCW has total of 3 corporate offices, 7 bilingual employees, and over 20 volunteers working to serve our community.

Mission Statement
Promote community empowerment, leadership development, self-reliance and health promotion for the greater Ukrainian/Russian speaking community in U.S. and abroad.
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Ukrainian Community Center of Washington
221 Hardie Ave NW 
Renton 
WA
98057-5325 
(425) 430-8229 

Mr. Oleg Pynda 
Executive Director 

Programs

Ukrainian Community Center of Washington Programs

Advocacy Services
UCCW focuses on providing intensive holistic advocacy services. These advocacy services include but are not be limited to:

  • Connecting individuals to low-income, subsidized or public housing.

  • Connecting elderly or disabled individuals to skilled nursing care, home health care or para-transit transportation. 

  • Connecting individuals for counseling, shelters, organizations that specialize in services to victims of domestic violence, programs for Child Protective Services.

  • Providing interpretation/translation services during appointments, phone conferences, and meetings.

  • Disaster preparedness including information on what to do in case of disaster, local resources available, and what is needs in a disaster kit (service and information is provided to every new client after intake stage of client).

  • Scheduling appointments with a legal or medical professional. Enrolling individuals in ESL, GED or skills training classes.

  • Connecting individuals with a utility discount program.

  • Enrolling individuals' children in schools or child care centers.

  • Assisting individuals to apply for citizenship, adjustment of status, related fee waivers and related disability waivers.

  • Counseling for victims of family, drug, and alcohol related abuse.

  • Providing seminars for youth and women on abuse, harassment, and other types of violence.

  • Linking victims to specialized services providers.

Family Services

  • Parenting Education/Home Visits

  • Youth seminars

  • Recreational activities such as sports, outdoor excursions and field trips.

  • Tutoring programs

  • Leadership seminars

  • Crisis counseling/Mental Health Counseling

  • The School of Ukrainian Studies is a Saturday school providing instruction in Ukrainian as a second language to primary and secondary school students. Apart from studying the Ukrainian language, we teach also the culture, history and traditions - all in a fun environment.

Senior Services
We provide a variety of services to our elderly participants. These services include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Nutrition classes on foods that are recommended for seniors and on the benefits of keeping a healthy diet, as well as recommendations and meal plans that will help seniors stay stronger and live longer.

  • Enhance fitness programs that focus rejuvenating the body and reducing blood pressure and heart rate.

  • Free nutritious meals provided to seniors at the end of class.

  • Group activities such as field trips and outdoor excursions.

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes

  • Support Groups

  • Counseling

  • Adult Day Health/Care Services - Our adult day health care facility, (House of Peace) serves older adults and persons with disabilities who need a higher level of care, but can still benefit from receiving services in a group setting. After enrolling into the program, members of our program are provided the following services: Nursing Care, Nutrition, Social Work, and Recreation

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Recently, our organization applied as an agency and became Washington State Licensed Mental Health Provider. Also, UCCW has signed a formal agreement with Valley City Counseling to provide mental health to refugee and immigrant populations. Finally, most importantly, our agency is the one agency in Washington State providing Professional Counseling Services to refugee and immigrant population which are culturally and linguistically appropriate. Our Counselor is tri-lingual (Ukrainian/Russian/English speaking) and share similar cultural background that of our community. In addition, he completed the degree of Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology. Our organization’s biggest need is the outreach to the refugee and immigrant families in need who are battling against their own ‘stigma’ of mental health. 

Evaluation

Current evaluation not available.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
3/10/2013 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.
6/10/2012 $15,000.00support general operating expenses.
6/21/2007 $15,000.00support general operating expenses.

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