safe haven

For I was a stranger and you invited me in

Matthew 25:35

UPPC's Safe Haven Ministry welcomes refugees and other local immigrants seeking a safe place to call home. 

Weekend and NOW Thursday Hospitality Teams

Be a warm and friendly face welcoming a refugee or asylum seeker as they begin their resettlement journey!
Home to the nation's fourth largest immigration processing center, dozens of refugees and asylum seekers arrive at World Relief and AID NW's welcome RV every month needing a temporary place to stay, a warm meal and transportation before leaving for their next destination.  In partnership with World Relief,  Hospitality Team members share the responsibility of  temporarily housing (UPPC paid hotel or host home), feeding, and transporting refugees and asylum seekers to the airport one Thursday evening/Friday morning or Friday evening/Saturday morning a month.  Though these encounters are brief, they have a meaningful impact on all involved.  Get involved by emailing [email protected].
NEW Thursday Hospitality Team Forming - While our Weekend Team has been going strong since early 2020, World Relief is in need of an additional team one Thursday/Friday each month.  Someone has already offered to provide the housing. We just need 2-3 volunteers who can provide a meal and/or transportation.  Get involved by emailing [email protected]. 

Social Services Volunteer

Assist refugees and asylum seekers navigate community resources!
Social Services Volunteers assist asylum seekers and immigrants staying in the Seattle-Tacoma area navigate community resources while they look for work and permanent housing. Volunteers are able to provide assistance virtually with occasional visits to World Relief's Kent office.  More information at worldrelief.org/seattle/get-involved/volunteer/post-release/.

Housing  Needed for Refugees

Provide short and long-term housing for newly arrived refugees!
We are excited to again help a newly-arrived refugee family resettle in our community and are looking for temporary and long-term  housing options.  
Long-Term Affordable Housing:  If you have connections to an affordable rental or are willing to rent your property to our new refugee family, please contact Lisa Woicik ([email protected]).  

Other Opportunities

ESL Friendship Class

Open to all adults, this weekly class helps participants improve their use of spoken English. Volunteers work with students to help them learn and practice English, and create friendships along the way.  Basic computer skills and an e-mail account are required! For details, contact Marion Tilley, [email protected].

Class meets Wednesdays, 9-10 am, via Zoom.

Supplies for Asylum Seekers

Crafts & Yarn for Asylum Seekers

Immigrants released from the NW Immigration Detention Center often leave with no more than the clothes on their back.  Donate new underwear, socks,  hotel-sized toiletries, gently used jackets and other adult clothing items by contacting  Susan Perong , [email protected]. Or order items from the approved Amazon list and have them delivered to AIDNW Hospitality House, 1915 S. Sheridan Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405.
Asylum seekers in the NW Immigration Detention Center pass the time by crocheting and crafting with donated supplies. Order items from the approved Amazon list and have them delivered to AIDNW Hospitality House, 1915 S. Sheridan Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405.

Volunteer with World Relief

Help refugees prepare for employment. Serve as an ESL assistant, Become a refugee youth mentor.  Check out these and other volunteers opportunities at World Relief Seattle: worldreliefseattle.org/volunteer.

Advocacy

Write letters, emails and make phone calls to help ensure there is local and national support for immigrants.  More information at worldreliefseattle.org/advocate.