October 2017 Recap Newsletter
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Client Spotlight: Arman and Zahra
When Arman first came to TCH in February, things were bumpy. Brand new to Tacoma and the U.S. in general, he got lost several times trying to ride the bus back and forth from his home. He and his wife, Zahra, worried about how they would find work, pay their bills, and learn English — all before their three months of housing assistance ran out.
Like many of the refugees who come to the U.S., Arman and Zahra have valuable job skills. Back in Iran, Arman worked for 13 years as an auto body mechanic and Zahra spent three years working as a hairdresser. Their challenge was now how they could translate those skills into employment and a stable life for their family.
Through working with the Employment and Education departments at TCH, Arman was able to advance his English speaking abilities, which enabled him to demonstrate his skills to a local mechanic shop. He became employed full-time in April making $12 per hour. In addition to working, Arman has continued his evening English classes at TCH.
Continue reading Arman and Zahra's full story! >>
Note: Names in this story have been changed to maintain client confidentiality.
FLAVOR Fundraiser Brings in $12K
Talented chefs from Primo Grill, one of this year's 11 participating FLAVOR restaurants.
On September 21st, nearly a dozen Tacoma-area restaurants supported Tacoma Community House through our annual dine-out fundraiser, "FLAVOR: Stand Up for Immigrants, Sit Down for a Meal." We are pleased to announce that we have raised $12,683.90 thus far through the generous support of these restaurants and their patrons!

Please continue supporting these FLAVOR restaurants all year round!
• East & West Proctor
• Gateway To India
• Il Lucano Ristorante Italiano
• Indo Asian Street Eatery
• Indochine Asian Dining Lounge
• Infinite Soups
• Joeseppi's Italian Ristorante and Catering
• Old Milwaukee Cafe & Dessert Company
• Primo Grill
• The Spar Tavern
• Vien Dong Restaurant

And special thanks to our sponsors:
• KBTC Public Television
• Northwest Public Radio
• The Grand Cinema
• Click! Cable TV
• The News Tribune
TCH to Host Computer Programming Course
Courtesy of
We have partnered with the Olympia University of Business and Technology (OUBT) to offer an 8-week introductory course on Computer Programming!

Unlike similar courses that cost hundreds of dollars, our programming course is available for just $50 (or free to those who are on public assistance). This provides a unique opportunity for those underrepresented in the high-demand tech industry to gain access to 2+ months of invaluable training and experience.

Students who successfully complete the course and earn their certification will be considered for a six-month internship with CodeSmart, Inc. or one of OUBT's customers.

"Should the candidate perform exceptionally well through internship, we have something well planned for that too," says OUBT Founder Mark Meyer.

Read more about the program >>
On October 31st, we invited Tacoma families to join us for trunk-or-treating! Staff members and generous volunteers decorated their cars in fun themes — from pirates, to Harry Potter, to Under the Sea — to hand out candy to local children. It was a blast for all involved, and we thank everyone who donated their time (and delicious treats!) to make this event a success.

See pictures of all the trunks >>
TCH Life in Photos
Senator Patty Murray visited TCH to discuss how to best support Washington's immigrant and refugee families.
We created a Dia de los Muertos display at the Tacoma Art Museum, honoring friends and loved ones who have passed.
This second in a series of three talks hosted by Conversations RE: Tacoma focused on immigrant contributions to Tacoma. The third and final panel is on November 9th!

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!
1-3pm: English Language Acquisition Classes Info. Session
4-5pm: Volunteer Orientation

12-1pm: Volunteer Orientation

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


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

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

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

Client Spotlight: Arman and Zahra

FLAVOR Dine-Out Fundraiser Brings in $12K

Computer Programming Course Comes to TCH

Recap: Trunk-or-Treat

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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