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February 2017 Newsletter
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Immigrants are anxious, but supporters are stepping up

Many of our clients have expressed grave concern over the Executive Orders issued last month targeting immigrants and refugees.

“They ask us if it’s safe to come back to school, if it’s safe to go to the grocery store, what’s going to happen to them and their families,” Liz Dunbar said in a recent interview with The News Tribune.

Thankfully, people are stepping up to defend immigrants' rights on both local and national stages:

  • At TCH: We are grateful—and frankly a little overwhelmed—by the number of people contacting us to ask how they can volunteer or donate!
  • City of Tacoma: On January 31st, Mayor Strickland and the Tacoma City Council unanimously voted to adopt Resolution Number 39642 to establish an Immigration and Refugee Task Force. (Read More)
  • Nationally: On February 9th, a federal appeals court voted to maintain the freeze on the President's travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries, meaning refugees and immigrants from those countries can continue coming to the U.S. (Read More)

RSVP for Our 107th
Annual Luncheon on April 19!

We are excited to announce Tacoma Community House’s Annual Luncheon in celebration of 107 years of service, Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at the Hotel Murano, Bicentennial Pavilion!

Join us to celebrate “Embracing the American Promise” and TCH’s long history of providing vital resources to our region’s immigrants, refugees, and low-income families through Employment, Education, Immigration and Client Advocacy programs!

 Ketul Patel (left), CEO of CHI Franciscan, is generously joining us to share his personal immigration story. King 5's Lori Matsukawa will also be returning as Emcee!

RSVP for Luncheon
Thank You to Our Legacy Partners!

Write a letter of support to immigrants this Valentine's Day

Join us in supporting #ToImmigrantsWithLove, a project by Define American and I Am An Immigrant to flood the internet with messages of love and welcoming!

How to Participate: Click on the button below to write a short message to a friend, loved one, or Tacoma's immigrant community at large and we will feature it on TCH's social media pages Tuesday, February 14th. The deadline to submit is February 13th at noon.

Learn more about the project here!
Write A Message

Liz Dunbar to speak at UW Tacoma immigration forum on Feb. 16

UW Tacoma Urban Studies Forum:
Assessing the South Sound’s Prospects as a Welcoming Region

Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 8:30AM to 1:30PM
William W. Philip Hall (WPH)
1918 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, Washington  98402


Panel I: Immigrant contributions to urban revitalization

  • Sulja WarnickKorean Women’s Association
  • Marty CampbellTacoma City Council
  • Felipe FilomenaAssistant Professor Department of Political Science and Program in Global Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Marie PriceGeorge Washington University, Elliot School of International Affairs

Panel II: What constitutes a welcoming region?

  • Marilyn StricklandMayor, City of Tacoma
  • Melissa BertoloCoordinator of Welcome Dayton
  • Rich StoltzOneAmerica
  • Liz DunbarTacoma Community House
Register for Urban Studies Forum

Upcoming Events

Please see our website's event calendar for full details on these events. Don't hesitate to call us at (253) 383-3951 if you have questions!
Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 
• 1:00 pm — Read2Me Volunteer Orientation
• 1:00 pm — English Language Acquisition (ELA) Info. Session

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017
• 11:00am — Asia Pacific Cultural Center's (APCC) Annual New Year Celebration at the Tacoma Dome

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017
• 1:30 pm — Basic Education for Adults (BEdA) Orientation

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
• 8:30 am — UWT Urban Studies Forum: Immigrant Labor & the Regional Economy, at UW Tacoma (WPH Building)
• 2:00 pm — Nursing Assistant Certification Program Info. Session, at Bates Technical College

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017
• 12:30 pm — Talk Time

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
• 10:00 am — Auto Warehousing Hiring Event
• 1:00 pm — Read2Me Volunteer Orientation

Thursday, March 2, 2017
• 2:00 pm — Nursing Assistant Certification Program Info. Session, at Bates Technical College
Locally and Nationally, Supporters Standing Up for Immigrants' Rights

107h Annual Luncheon

Write a letter #ToImmigrantsWithLove

UW Tacoma Immigration Forum, Feb. 16

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Visit our Event Calendar to see TCH workshops, info sessions, community events, and more!
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