Multicultural Community Services
115 NE 100th Street, Suite 200 Seattle, WA 98125 • (206) 694-5700
Reception & Placement Program
Welcomes and assists refugees in the Portland, Vancouver and Seattle areas. Volunteer sponsors—often family members, close friends, congregations or other organizations—are recruited to greet arriving refugees at the airport, arrange accommodations, provide food and furniture, and orient the refugees to daily life in their new home. Case managers—able to speak the refugee’s language—help newly-arrived refugees process paperwork and secure governmental assistance, enter employment programs, attend ESL classes, and generally find solutions to any problems that arise in the resettlement process. The Reception & Placement Program is vital in advancing refugees towards self-sufficiency.
Reception and Placement Coordinator: Jan Stephens 206 694-5700
Immigration Counseling and Advocacy Program
Provides low-cost immigration counseling to Seattle’s refugee and immigrant populations. Our staff is well-trained and experienced in the practice of immigration law, and members of our staff are certified by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). ICAP counsels refugees and immigrants about their rights and responsibilities pertaining to their immigration status, helps clients with all immigration forms and applications, and represents clients before the INS. ICAP staff also provides translation and interpretation services; public notary services; attorney referrals; immigration and passport photos; and fingerprinting services. In addition, ICAP engages in advocacy for the preservation of immigrants’ rights in the legal system at all levels of government. We have the capacity to serve clients in English, Russian and Ukrainian.
ICAP Coordinator: Jan Stephens 206 694-5700
Social Services Project
Provides social services to refugees who have resettled in the Puget Sound region. These services include immigration assistance (especially green card applications after one year of residence), assistance in applying and qualifying for low income housing programs and advocacy for refugees with health clinics, public schools and other public and private agencies. We also provide mental health counseling for families who may have difficulty adjusting to life in the US, and assist families in locating resources for childcare.
Social Services Coordinator: Jan Stephens 206 694-5700
Holiday Gift Program
On Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, Lutheran Community Services coordinates a gift giving program, in which our neediest refugee families can receive gifts of furniture, household items, clothing and food. Families let us know what their greatest needs are, and we find individuals, organizations, churches or businesses who are willing to provide these items in new or good condition. Gift certificates are also very much appreciated. Your items will be picked up by the families in need or delivered to them. This program is very flexible, and we try to accommodate both the refugee family's needs, as well as the gift givers' needs.
If you are interested in becoming a gift giver, or learning more about this program, please contact Jan Stephens 206 694-5700