Trevor Modeste, 61, Earns Citizenship After 50 Years With Green Card

TweetSixty-one-year-old Trevor Modeste of Tacoma earned his U.S. citizenship on July 31st, 2017 after not one, but two organizations told him it wouldn’t be possible. Modeste spent fifty years as a Permanent Resident after immigrating to the United States from Trinidad in 1967 with his parents. “It’s the longest time I’ve seen someone be a…

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Employees Community Fund of Boeing awards $500,000 to Tacoma Community House

Tweet On June 13th, the Employees Community Fund (ECF) of Boeing announced that they would donate $500,000 to support Tacoma Community House’s work assisting immigrant, refugee, and low-income families in Washington’s South Sound. This half-million dollar grant is made possible by the generosity of hundreds of Boeing employees who choose to pay out of their paychecks…

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Solving the Puzzle

TweetWhen Stacy Hartley, a single mom, first came to Tacoma Community House through the Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) program, she had just graduated from Tacoma Community College with an accounting degree and needed to find work—fast. “My background is in customer service,” Stacy says. “I was looking for any kind of job at…

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Worth Celebrating

TweetBy Andy Boynton, Volunteer As a certified nursing assistant at a Tacoma retirement home and a student in the Central Service/Sterile Processing program at Clover Park Technical College, Yuridia De Jesus has come a long way since she and her daughter accompanied a friend across country and arrived in Tacoma a little more than a…

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Andre’s Story

TweetIn 1991, 21-year-old Andre Barnett decided to make the trek from one West Coast to another nearly 6,400 miles away. He left his family in Senegal, a coastal country with French colonial heritage on Africa’s west edge, to California, birthplace of Hollywood, surfer dudes, and Joe Dimaggio. Andre recalls being a fish out of water…

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United in Song: The Tacoma choir that welcomes refugees with music

TweetSept. 8, 2016 | By Rosemary Ponnekanti It’s not your average choir. Tacoma’s Community House Choir does “Do Re Mi” and Michael Jackson, sings in Arabic and Kurdish and welcomes refugees by singing with them. And director Erin Guinup wants it to inspire others – beginning with citizenship ceremonies for National Welcome Week. 

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Meet Lillia

TweetMeet one of our ESL students, Lillia, and learn about her journey to the United States.  My name is Lillia. I was born in Ukraine, but now I live in the US in Tacoma. I came here on July 17, 2013. I currently work as a housekeeper and study at TCH. I never thought about…

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Employment Success Story

TweetMeet Natura Our employment team helps participants generate a resume, prepare for interviews, find employment, and more. Learn about Natura’s journey to success with help from the employment team. 1.) Where do you work and what do you enjoy most about it? I currently work as an Outreach Professional at Sound Outreach. What I love…

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