The Desire to Help

When Carolyn Ohlson retired nine years ago from her teaching and student counseling career, she began looking for an opportunity to give back. Carolyn happened upon an ad recruiting for tutors at Tacoma Community House (TCH), and has been an incredible volunteer asset to TCH for seven years now. Carolyn began as an individual literacy tutor,…

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Employment Advisory Board

TCH’s employment team makes it a priority to ensure the services we provide to clients and business partners are meeting the expectations of both. Case Managers assist job seekers through resume development, interview strategies, job trainings and more. Upon completion of trainings, job seekers are ready to embark on their journey to employment. TCH’s Job Developers…

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Meet Lillia

Meet 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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Project I-DEA

The Education Department at Tacoma Community House launched a pilot program, Project I-DEA, with the intent to increase digital, career and college-readiness skills of adult English students. The Integrated Digital English Acceleration (I-DEA) Program targets adult learners in the lowest levels in English as a Second Language classes.  Supported by the State Board of Community…

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Employment Success Story

Meet 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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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Our Client Advocacy program seeks remedies for victims of crime – primarily related to domestic violence and sexual assault against immigrant and low-income individuals living in Pierce County. Read a client’s story on their journey to safety: Jennifer’s story is one of courage, resilience and a second chance. Born and…

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Concrete Technology Corporation Reflection

We value all of our partners. Below is a reflection from Kaylee Davis the HR Manager from Concrete Technology Corporation: “I truly enjoy working with Tacoma Community House.  TCH was one of the first places Concrete Technology Corporation’s then HR Manager, Virginia Robinson, introduced me to TCH and we continue to call upon you today….

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We are a Welcoming Community

September 12-20 is National Welcoming Week – an opportunity to highlight the contributions of immigrants to American communities. As Americans, most of us are the descendants of immigrants. Tacoma has joined 56 cities, in over 20 states, to support locally-driven efforts to create more welcoming, immigrant-friendly environments that maximize opportunities for economic growth and cultural…

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World Refugee Awareness Month

World Refugee Day is observed annually on June 20 and is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees. It is also a day to recognize the contributions of refugees in our communities. Last year, Tacoma Community House served 176 refugees from 17 countries. TCH has been serving refugees for many years. Significant efforts…

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Navigating Two Worlds

Janjay’s Story My family is from Liberia, West Africa. I was born in the United States when my parents came as international students to study. When I was 2 years old, my parents took my siblings and I back to Liberia because they were very keen on us understanding our roots. I lived in Liberia…

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