Today we get to hear from another YWCA Seattle I King I Snohomish staff member, Joanna den Haan! Joanna is a Housing Case Manager at the YWCA and works with many undocumented immigrants. In light of the May Day Immigrant Rights March in Seattle last week, Joanna shares some of the challenges that these immigrants face. Find out what Joanna thinks some solutions to these challeges are..
An immigrant from Zimbabwe, Salma spent 16 years waiting to become a citizen of the United States. On the day of her welcoming naturalization ceremony, the day she cried tears of joy, Salma exercised her first right as a citizen: She registered to vote.
In August, we connected with Sahro Farah, a single mother whose rent was set to double even as deplorable living conditions threatened her children's health. Amazing things happened after we shared her story.
Since 1984, King County has been the fifth-largest recipient of refugees in the U.S. Many refugees are at risk of homelessness, suffer from loneliness and depression, and face instability. Despite this uphill battle, many refugees, like a remarkable young man whose story is featured on KUOW today, find community support and achieve their dreams.
High school student Winta and her family came to the United States from Ethiopia about eight years ago. While they had a relatively easy transition, some of their friends who are also immigrants have struggled to make ends meet and experienced homelessness. Winta shares her friend Martin's story as well as her own in this guest post.