January 2018 Newsletter
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Congressman Kilmer meets with DACA clients to hear about life without a DREAM Act

On a day memorializing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a group of TCH DACA clients met with Congressman Derek Kilmer to talk about dreams of their own, telling powerful stories of the impacts that rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has had on their families.

For our clients, having deferred action—temporary relief from deportation and authorization to work—means they can build careers, open a bank account, afford a reliable car, assist their families financially, and attend school. It also offers reprieve from the fear that they might be detained or deported at any moment.

At this time, it is crucial that we all call our Senators and Representatives and urge them to pass a clean Dream Act now. Please take a moment and call 202-224-3121 to be instantly connected with your Representative!

Call 202-224-3121 to connect with your Representative.

Tell them why you support the Dream Act!
Episodes 1 & 2 of immigrant portrait collaboration are out!
We've partnered with Tacoma artist Jonathan Hanks to help immigrants and refugees to tell their stories through art. Jonathan interviews participants then snaps their photo to use as a reference while he's painting. He's released two time-lapse videos of his paintings, with voice-overs of the participants sharing their stories in their own words.

Watch Episode 1: Phong Dang is a refugee from Vietnam who now works in Tacoma real estate.

Watch Episode 2: Paul came to the U.S. as a refugee after the Communist takeover of Laos. He started working at Tacoma Community House in the early 1980s—to this day, he helps clients find employment.

We need more participants for this unique opportunity! If you or someone you know would like to share their immigration story and receive a free, professional print of their portrait, please contact Outreach Coordinator Latasha Ware at 253-383-3951 or
I'm interested!
National Geographic opens up new worlds for Read2Me kids
Nonfiction can be very intimidating as a young reader. Nonfiction books are often dense with text, diagrams, charts, and difficult vocabulary. In an effort to provide level-appropriate nonfiction that's engaging for our students, TCH's Read2Me program has become a subscriber of National Geographic Explorer Magazine!

This subscription was made possible through a generous grant from the Discuren Foundation. Discuren means "to discover" in Old English. The Foundation supports organizations and programs that help children and youth acquire the skills they need to "discover their place in the world."

When Read2Me students received their first magazines, the excitement was palpable. Olivia Ash, Read2Me site coordinator, asked the tutor-student pairs to choose one article to read, but most groups were so engaged they almost went through the whole magazine!

The text also sparked some great conversation. One article was about penguins in Antarctica, and some of our tutors shared about their experience travelling there. One student really connected with an article about minerals, and surprised us all with her extensive knowledge of gems. The articles not only inspired our students, but helped build our community through interesting dialogue.

"As we walked back to class, I asked students to hold their magazines closed," Olivia says. "Many of the students couldn't help themselves, and tried to sneakily read the magazine as they walked back. Even though they didn't follow my direction, I was so happy to see them that engaged! By sending the magazine with our Read2Me students, we are hoping that engagement will continue at home."

Thank you, Discuren Foundation and National Geographic!
TCH Life in Photos

Victoria Woodards gave remarks at TCH's 108th birthday party on January 10th—her first official speaking engagement as Mayor of Tacoma! (L to R) Mayor Woodards; TCH students Blaize and Daniel; Liz Dunbar, TCH Executive Director.

TCH English language student, Daniel, received thunderous applause for his testimonial at TCH's 108th birthday celebration. Learn more about Daniel's journey here.
On January 13th, volunteers from The Mission Continues, Wounded Warrior Project, and UW Tacoma’s Center for Service and Leadership gave up most of their Saturday to help clean up TCH in honor of Dr. King Day.
See more photos here!

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!

Tuesday, January 30th
11am-2pm: Blood Drive @ TCH — Learn more!

Thursday, February 1st
3:30-4:30pm: Volunteer Orientation @ TCH — Learn more!

Friday, February 2nd
12-1pm: Volunteer Orientation @ TCH — Learn more!

Monday, February 19th

Tuesday, February 27th
5:30-7:30pm: Talk Time @ TCH — Learn more and register!

Sunday, March 18th
5-7pm: Blues Vespers Benefit Concert for TCH, ft. Chaney Sims @ Immanuel Presbyterian Church — Learn more!

Friday, April 13th
11:30am-1pm: TCH's 108th Annual Luncheon @ Greater Tacoma Convention Center
Congressman Kilmer Visits TCH to Hear DACA Stories

Immigrant Art Collaboration Produces First Portraits

National Geographic Opens Up New Worlds for Read2Me Kids

TCH Life in Photos

Upcoming Events
Visit our Event Calendar to see TCH workshops, info sessions, community events and more!
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PO BOX 5017
Tacoma, WA 98405

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