August 2017 Newsletter
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Trevor Modeste, 61, Earns Citizenship After 50 Years With Green Card
Trevor Modeste signs his citizenship certificate in the TCH lobby.
Sixty-one-year-old Trevor Modeste of Tacoma earned his United States citizenship on July 31st, 2017 after not one, but two organizations told him it wouldn’t be possible.

Modeste spent fifty years as a Legal Permanent Resident after immigrating to the United States from Trinidad in 1967 with his parents.

“It’s the longest time I’ve seen someone be a permanent resident before getting their citizenship,” says Jesus Pinedo, a Department of Justice (DOJ) Accredited Immigration Specialist at Tacoma Community House and Modeste’s case manager.

Several factors played into Modeste’s hesitancy to apply for adjusted status, starting with fears he developed as a child.

Modeste’s family earned U.S. visas through a lottery system run by the U.S. Embassy in Trinidad. He remembers his parents telling him to grab all the personal items he could carry, then entering a room with other families all waiting anxiously to see if their names would be called.

His family was chosen. They had to leave immediately.

Read the full story here!
We're Hiring!
Do you know someone who is passionate about Tacoma Community House's mission? We are recruiting for two positions – one supporting victims of crime, and the other working with children through our Read2Me literacy program. Please visit the links and share with your networks!
TCH Life in Photos
On July 26th, Kynisha celebrated earning her GED at a special TCH graduation ceremony, with family by her side.
A community member made this welcoming postcard at our Tacoma Ethnic Fest booth on July 29th.
TCH's Development team channeled Adam and Jamie from "MythBusters" – mustaches and all – during a presentation about the department.
Students learned how to make eclipse viewers out of everyday items, and gathered outside to watch the exciting event.
11 Local Restaurants to Participate in FLAVOR, Sept. 21st

Mark your calendars for FLAVOR: Stand Up for Immigrants, Sit Down for a Meal on Thursday, September 21st!

FLAVOR is a unique event where immigrant-owned and immigrant-friendly restaurants around Tacoma donate at least 25% of the day's revenue to TCH programs that serve immigrants and refugees.

Why not start talking with friends and loved ones to plan a work lunch, family dinner, or date night?

Participating Restaurants:

  • East & West Proctor
  • Gateway to India
  • Il Lucano Ristorante Italiano
  • Indo Asian Street Eatery
  • Indochine Asian Dining Lounge
  • Infinite Soups
  • Joeseppi's Italian Ristorante & Catering
  • Old Milwaukee Cafe & Dessert Company
  • Primo Grill
  • The Spar
  • Vien Dong

Upcoming Events

Please see our event calendar for full details on these events. Don't hesitate to call our Development & Communications team at (253) 383-3951 if you have questions!
SUMMER HOURS: TCH will close at 1:00pm on Friday, September 1st.

Thursday, August 31st
• 10am-12pm — Info Session: Nursing Asst. Certification Program

Monday, September 4th

Tuesday, September 5th
• 1-3pm — Info Session: English Language Acquisition Classes

Wednesday, September 6th
• 2-4pm — Info Session: Nursing Asst. Certification Program

Thursday, September 7th
• 5:30-6:30pm — Volunteer Orientation

Friday, September 8th
• 10:30am-12:30pm — Info Session: Nursing Asst. Certification Program
• 12-1pm — Volunteer Orientation

Monday, September 11th
• 10am-12pm — Info Session: Nursing Asst. Certification Program
• 4-6pm — Info Session: Citizenship Classes

Friday, September 15th
• 10am-12pm — Career Fair: Comcast
• 10am-12pm — Info Session: Citizenship Classes

Wednesday, September 20th
• 9-11am — Info Session: English Language Acquisition Classes

Thursday, September 21st
• All Day — FLAVOR: Stand Up for Immigrants, Sit Down for a Meal

Friday, September 22nd
• 1:30-3pm — Read2Me Tutor Orientation

Saturday, September 23rd
• 9:30-11am — Read2Me Tutor Orientation
• 1-2:30pm — Read2Me Tutor Orientation

Wednesday, September 27th
• 4-5:30pm — Read2Me Tutor Orientation

Thursday, September 28th
• 9-11am — Info Session: English Language Acquisition Classes
• 10am-12pm — Info Session: Citizenship Classes
• 5-7pm — Info Session: Citizenship Classes
Client Spotlight: Trevor Modeste

We're Hiring!

TCH Life in Photos

FLAVOR Dining Event (Sept. 21)

Upcoming Events
Visit our Event Calendar to see TCH workshops, info sessions, community events and more!
(253) 383-3951

1314 S. L Street
PO BOX 5017
Tacoma, WA 98405

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