Refugee Women's Alliance (ReWA)

Empowering Families, Strengthening Communities

aka ReWA   |   Seattle, WA   |  www.rewa.org

Mission

ReWA is a non-profit, multi-ethnic organization that promotes inclusion, independence, personal leadership, and strong communities by providing refugee and immigrant women and their families with culturally and linguistically appropriate services. ReWA advocates for social justice, public policy changes, and equal access to services while respecting cultural values and the right to self-determination.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Mahnaz Eshetu

Main address

4008 MLK Jr. Way S.

Seattle, WA 98108 USA

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Formerly known as

SEAWA

EIN

91-1296964

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ReWA is a multi-ethnic, community-based organization that provides comprehensive culturally and linguistically appropriate services to refugee and immigrant communities throughout the Puget Sound area. ReWA, formerly known as Southeast Asian Women’s Alliance (SEWA), was founded in 1985 by a group of successfully resettled women who sought to provide newly arrived women with services not available from other agencies.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Domestic Violence Program

Legal assistance, community outreach, support groups, and case management services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Licensed and accredited dual-language childcare and preschool classes that prepare children for Kindergarten and beyond.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Immigrants and migrants

Support of academic excellence, including tutoring, while building youth leadership and job skills.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Immigrants and migrants

Comprehensive case management support to help families achieve self-sufficiency, including interpretation services, referrals, workshops, and application assistance.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Mental health counseling, consultation, support groups, and case management in clients’ native languages.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Job readiness training, job search support, placement assistance, and retention services for recently arrived refugees.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

ESL classes provide newcomers with a positive environment to help them gain and improve English language skills and break down the barriers to employment.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Citizenship classes, green card and naturalization application assistance, advocacy at Immigration interviews, and free monthly legal clinic.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Emergency help for refugees and immigrants who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, including rental and utility assistance and case management.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Today, ReWA delivers a continuum of culturally-competent wrap-around services that address the needs of the whole family, from birth through senior years. They offer a safety net for refugee and immigrant women and families (including men) to ensure that they have a one-stop service delivery resource that they can rely on to help them with their complex needs. ReWA’s services include: Family Support Program, including social services, emergency assistance to prevent homelessness, employment, ESL, customized training and information and referral; Developmental Disabilities Program; Domestic Violence and Anti-Human Trafficking Program; Early Childhood Education Program, including two accredited centers; Education and Vocational Training; Licensed Behavioral Health Program; Parent Education Program; Senior Nutrition and Wellness and Youth Programs.

Currently, ReWA offers services in 37 languages through staff, 90% of whom are bilingual/bicultural and trusted members of the communities we serve. ReWA is deeply connected to the refugee and immigrant communities, and we have the organizational capacity and infrastructure to quickly respond to their changing needs. For example, ReWA was one of the first agencies to hire bilingual/bicultural staff to serve newly arriving people from Burma, Bhutan, Rwanda, Burundi and the Republic of the Congo, and is currently one of very few agencies serving them through bilingual/bicultural staff. In 2012, ReWA served nearly 9,000 unduplicated clients.

Today, ReWA has 9 locations in Seattle and King County, and is comprised of 130 staff members who speak more than 50 different languages and dialects. This means clients are paired with professionals who speak their first language and are specifically attuned to their native cultures. Because of this, staff are able to address the unique barriers to success that each client faces.

ReWA has received national and regional recognition:
2015 - ReWA’s Preschool awarded Level 4 in Early Achievers.
2014 - ReWA’s Youth Program won the Colleen Willoughby Youth Civic Education Award for building vibrant civic health and strengthening democracy.
2012 - ReWA’s Childcare Program awarded Level 3 in Early Achievers.
2011- ReWA received the 2011 Neighborhood Builder Award from Bank of America in recognition of its leadership and commitment to the community.
2009 - ReWA received the Outstanding Employee Campaign Award for the exceptional results of its participation in the United Way of King County workplace giving campaigns.
2008 - ReWA was one of five organizations chosen for the Community Matters Campaign’s 2008 People’s Choice Award
- ReWA received its state mental health license to provide counseling to refugee and immigrants.

Among many other achievements!

Financials

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Refugee Women's Alliance (ReWA)

Board of directors
as of 11/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Eileen Concannon

Retired Attorney

Shahzad Q. Qadri

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