Trusted Leaders from refugee and other immigrant communities are leading the way
Obstacles & Challenges
Refugee and other immigrant communities face unique obstacles both internally and externally. Sociological concerns like racism, cultural and lingustic barriers, political culture, and capital resources are major barriers to these communities.
Elevate leaders from the refugee & other immigrant communities to positions of public leadership. Educate non-ethnic communities in Spokane about immigrants and the immigrant experience in order to build empathy.
Community Ambassadors are first and foremost connectors. They are uniquely positioned to assess needs within their own communities, and route those in need through existing support structures in Spokane.
The Ambassador team serves hundreds of those community members every month with walk-in times to seek assistance that doesn't require case management, cultural events and parties, youth movie nights, baby showers for expectant moms and help with accessing housing stabilization funds through WA state and city of Spokane.
CAs operate within the existing network of World Relief Spokane. They are backed by 50 staff, a network of 100 local human services organizations, 140+ volunteers and a growing network of over 700 donors.
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