February 2018 Newsletter
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Yemeni refugee couple reconnects in U.S., builds a more stable life through TCH services

Wadhah (middle) on his last day at TCH, surrounded by staff members from three different departments who all helped him and his wife, Najla, on their journey.

In 2013, Wadhah and Najla Al-Shargabi narrowly escaped death when militants bombed their house and family printing business in southern Yemen. Homeless, jobless, and with two young sons, they relied on family members to survive amidst a backdrop of violent civil war.

“You can’t imagine how bad it was,” 32-year-old Wadhah says.

Najla, then pregnant, decided to make the 8,200-mile journey to the United States to give birth to her third child in safety. Najla is a naturalized U.S. citizen, but her husband and sons were not. Agonizingly, she knew she had to leave them behind.

Keep reading to find out how TCH helped the couple reunite, learn English, find work, and build a stabler life for their children >>

Grammy-nominated Chaney Sims headlining TCH benefit concert

Immanuel Presbyterian Church is welcoming Grammy-nominated blues artist Chaney Sims to Tacoma on Sunday, March 18th (5 p.m.) for a special benefit concert for Tacoma Community House!

Bring the whole family for a night of soul, a reception with light refreshments, and a chance to meet Chaney herself. Admission is free, though there will be an opportunity to make a gift to TCH if you wish.


Blues Vespers Benefit for TCH, feat. Chaney Sims
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
Immanuel Presbyterian Church
(901 North J Street, Tacoma, WA 98403)

Free Admission

Thank you to event sponsors Immanuel Presbyterian Church, University of Puget Sound, and Hotel Murano.

Newest portrait time lapse features Somchith, Cambodian refugee and 27-year TCH veteran

It is an honor to share the latest installment of Jonathan Hanks' portrait project featuring TCH's own Somchith Huong.

Somchith's family was displaced by the Khmer Rouge's violent takeover of Cambodia in the 1970s. Her family fled to Thailand, then moved from camp to camp for six long years before being accepted into the United States in 1980.

Somchith's mother, aunt, uncle, and sister all used TCH services to study English and re-connect with loved ones who had been separated.

Last month, Somchith celebrated 27 years with TCH. She is a Legal Advocate who assists some of our community's most vulnerable—victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes.

Listen as Somchith tells her story in her own words.

Register for TCH's 108th Annual Luncheon on April 13, 2018

We invite you to celebrate with us at our 108th Annual Luncheon on Friday, April 13, 2018 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center! Yes, yes, we know it's Friday the 13th... but we'll be lucky to share the day with you!
Event Details & Register

Thank You to This Year's Sponsors:

TCH showing "Coco" for Family Movie Night, March 30th

Looking for some free family fun? TCH will host a free movie night on Friday, March 30th (5:30-8pm), showing Disney Pixar's Coco. We will have popcorn, other treats, and a themed art activity. Click here to download our event poster in four different languages!
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TCH Life in Photos
Andy Buffington and Patricia Chase ended their six-year term on TCH's Board of Directors earlier this month. We are so thankful for their tireless support of TCH's mission!

On January 24th, members of TCH's Development Team visited the AID NW Welcome Center outside of the Northwest Detention Center. Read more about the experience here.

TCH Education Services Manager, Amy Diehr (right), helped cut the ribbon for the new History Museum exhibit "Washington, My Home." She's pictured here with former TCH student and one of the exhibit's participants, Jok Nhial.

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!
Talk Time
Tuesday, February 27th

5:30pm @ TCH
Learn More and Register
Volunteer Orientations
Thursday, March 1st

3:30pm @ TCH
Friday, March 2nd
12pm @ TCH
Talk Time
Monday, March 5th

9:30am @ TCH
Learn More and Register
Blues Vespers TCH Benefit Concert
Sunday, March 18th

5pm @ Immanuel Presbyterian Church
Learn More
Family Movie Night
Friday, March 30th
5:30pm @ TCH
Learn More
108th Annual Luncheon
Friday, April 13th
11:30am @ Greater Tacoma Convention Center
Learn More and Register
Client Spotlight

Blues Vespers Benefit Concert for TCH

Episode 3 of Jonathan Hanks' Portrait Project

Register for our 108th Annual Luncheon

Family Movie Night (Disney Pixar's Coco)

TCH Life in Photos

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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1314 S. L Street, PO BOX 5017, Tacoma, WA 98415

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