November 2017 Recap Newsletter
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Boeing Awards TCH $91K for New Childcare Training Program

We are excited to share that Boeing has awarded Tacoma Community House $91,000 to begin the Childhood Early Education Resource project, or CHEER, a program designed to help refugees and immigrants become certified childcare workers!

According to Childcare Aware, children of refugees and immigrants now account for 25% of U.S. children under the age of 6. Creating a more culturally- and linguistically-diverse childcare workforce will better reflect the real-life families and children utilizing their services.

So, how will the program work? CHEER participants will work to earn a childcare (STARS) certificate and receive training in entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

In the short term, CHEER will provide a pathway for participants to enter the childcare workforce immediately. In the long term, our hope is that entrepreneurial workshops will inspire and begin preparing participants to start businesses of their own!

Boeing has been an invaluable partner in our mission to help South Sound residents build satisfying careers. From providing the funds to get our Nursing Assistant Certification program (“Project Nightingale”) off the ground, to this astounding $91,000 contribution to CHEER, we cannot thank Boeing enough for their support!

CHEER will be launching next year. Please visit our website in the coming months for more information!

What's at Stake Without DACA - One Young Father's Story
Javier was brought to the U.S. at the age of three. He doesn’t know or remember anything about his place of birth in Mexico except for what he has heard in stories or seen in photographs.

Now 22, with a fiancé and three-year-old American citizen daughter, Javier has been offered a promotion as a supervisor at a company that manufactures military and commercial aircraft parts.

Only one thing stands in the way of Javier’s life-changing promotion and the chance to earn a wage high enough to comfortably support his family: a DACA work permit.

A work permit is one of two main benefits afforded to undocumented persons by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, which the Trump Administration terminated on September 5 of this year. The other is temporary relief from deportation.

This situation has been difficult for Javier, who, after living in the U.S. for 19 years, considers himself to be American in almost every sense of the word. This is where he spent his earliest formative years, attended school, met friends, started working, fell in love, and had a child. If he were to return to Mexico, Javier feels people would quickly “out” him as an American by the way he walks, talks, thinks, and acts. He describes this place as “old-fashioned,” a town so small that they don’t have a community college.

Javier believes he would not have had the opportunities in his birth country that he has here in the U.S. “[Here] I can have a job, work hard, and pay taxes to contribute to the country that raised me from Head Start pre-school at age four, through elementary, middle and high school,” he says.

The 19 years since Javier was brought to the U.S. have passed by quickly, and most of them happily. He hopes for a permanent solution to his undocumented status—a pathway to citizenship so that his papers align with his deeply-held American identity. Until then, “I need to stay here,” he says. “I need to raise my American daughter and pursue our American Dream.”

*To help support Javier and other DACA recipients, urge your state representative(s) and senators to support a clean Dream Act by December 8th.

Note: Names in the story have been changed to maintain client confidentiality.
#Thankful 4 Immigrants Campaign
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We asked TCH staff and students why they are thankful for immigrants this holiday season (and always).

You can get involved with #Thankful4Immigrants by going to and sending a digital postcard to your state representative(s) and senators. Tell them why immigrants make your life better and urge them to support a clean Dream Act by December 8th!

See pictures of all of the reasons why we are thankful for immigrants >>
TCH's First Computer Programming Class

On November 4th, TCH hosted its first weekly Computer Programming class as part of an extraordinary partnership with Olympia University of Business and Technology!

The flagship program kicked off with remarks from OUBT founder, Mark Meyer; TCH Executive Director, Liz Dunbar; and Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland.

Best of luck to our students as they begin their journeys toward technology careers!

Read more about the program >>

TCH Life in Photos

TCH's Executive Director, Liz Dunbar, and Immigration Services Legal Specialist, Jesus Pinedo, conducted an interview on Tacoma's own CityLine on Nov 2.

Tacoma mayor Marilyn Strickland welcomes TCH's very first class of Computer Programming students on Nov. 4.

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!
4-5pm: Volunteer Orientation

12-1pm: Volunteer Orientation

1-3pm: English Language Acquisition Classes Info. Session

1-3pm: English Language Acquisition Classes Info. Session
1-3pm: Basic Education for Adults Info. Session

Fall Quarter Ends

1-3pm: Basic Education for Adults Classes Info. Session


$91K Grant for New Childcare Training Program

Client Spotlight: Javier

#Thankful4 Immigrants Campaign

New Computer Programming Course at TCH

TCH Life in Photos

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