Multicultural Community Services
223 N. Yakima Ave. Tacoma, WA 98403 • (253) 272-8433 • E-Mail
Refugees are people who have fled their country of origin because they are persecuted for being of a particular race, religion, nationality, political opinion or social group (1951 Refugee Convention). Refugees have faced and survived immense hardship, often demonstrating remarkable resilience. We see that resilience in the lives of those who have resettled in the United States. Families are given an opportunity to start life over in a safe place and begin the process of healing and regaining hope. Multicultural Community Services (MCS), a program of LCSNW, is contracted with the U.S Department of State to help refugees rebuild their homes and their lives. Since 1975, MCS has resettled over 35,000 refugees from all over the world, helping them become self-sufficient and integrated into the culture and community of King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties. Though refugees have lost nearly everything - they rebuild - becoming a vital, contributing force in our diverse communities.
Immigration Counseling and Advocacy Program (ICAP)
The Northwest is home to thousands of immigrants who contribute to the fabric of our society. ICAP 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. 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 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
MCS refugee resettlement services include:
- Reception, placement and refugee case management services
- Immigration counseling and advocacy
- Cash donations and donations of furniture and household items
- Volunteer opportunities in both refugee resettlement & immigration counseling
The United States resettles more of the world’s refugees than all other countries combined. Each year, the President determines how many refugees will be approved for refugee status, allowing them to enter the country legally and making them eligible for services that promote self-sufficiency. The USA resettles refugees from all over the world. Today, in Seattle, most refugees come from Somalia, the Congo, Bhutan, Iraq, Eastern Europe, Burma and Afghanistan. Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Wyclef Jean, K’Naan, Leon Trotsky, the Dalai Lama, and Andy Garcia were all refugees.
“Reception and Placement” refers to the services that pertain to a refugee family’s arrival in the U.S., and their transition to becoming contributing members of their community. In preparation of a refugee family’s arrival, MCS secures housing, furnishings and food. Post arrival, MCS case managers refer refugees to the social services that advance them toward self-sufficiency. These include medical screening, employment programs, job coaching, ESL classes, registering children in school and temporary cash assistance.
Community volunteers are vital to supporting refugees in their journey toward self-sufficiency and assimilation by providing transportation, shopping help, tutoring, mentoring and valuable companionship!
For more information, please e-mail or call (206) 694-5700
Immigration Counseling and Advocacy Program (ICAP)
Since 1999, our Immigration Counseling Program has proudly helped immigrants to move towards citizenship. Our program works directly with United State Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of our clients to ensure that they have the best possible outcome. We provide compassionate, professional, and comprehensive immigration legal assistance for refugees and immigrants living in Puget Sound and NW Washington State.
Our immigration counselors are accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and are qualified to provide immigration legal counsel and assist with complex immigration forms at a low cost. Additionally, we can provide referrals to trusted and experienced immigration lawyers. Our staff speaks a variety of languages.
We are able to help with:
- Family reunification and visas
- Naturalization (Citizenship)
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
- Adjustment of Status (Green cards – new, renewals, replacements)
- Employment authorization (work permits)
- Travel documents (refugee travel documents, reentry permits)
- Other types of assistance
We have offices in Seattle, SeaTac and Everett. If you want to speak to someone about your immigration needs or schedule an appointment, please call 206-694-5742.
We do not have drop-in appointments. We do not provide any legal advice by telephone or email.
LCSNW is seeking Pro Bono Attorneys and law students to help with N-400, I-485, and DACA cases.
How To Get Involved
There are many heartwarming and rewarding volunteer opportunities that involve working directly with refugee families as they settle in to their new homes and become contributing members of the community.
Volunteer Opportunities Include:
- Refugee Mentorship
Provide casual guidance with everyday life tasks. Sort mail, cook dinner together, teach refugees how to use a debit card/laundromat/, show families local restaurants, help them prepare for job interviews, take families on fun outings like the movies, park, festivals, etc… the ideas are limitless, and provide the extra relationship that is so crucial to their success.
- Refugee Tutoring
Learning English is a central component to refugee success. Tutor English and other subjects (depending on age) from the home or a classroom, and help make a refugee neighbor’s transition to English much easier.
- Refugee Transportation Assistance
Transportation to important appointments and meetings is often a barrier for refugees as they settle into their new country. Pick refugees up from the airport, drive them to medical/social/employment appointments, take children to school, assist with grocery shopping, help transport donated items. Daytime hours preferred but not required.
- Translation/language assistance
Do you speak a second language? Help translate written documents, serve as an interpreter at important events (parent conferences, medical appointments, school enrollment), or help interpret/translate everyday things like bus schedules, grocery store ads or the news.
- Donation Organization
Donate usable items in good condition to furnish homes for the families, or make a bigger impact by coordinating a donations drive with your organization/church/group. We are always in need of gently-used furniture, kitchenware, linens, etc. Help us furnish the homes of new refugees, and make their US welcome a warm one! We will assist you in putting together a successful donation drive, step by step.
Donating money to support refugee programs has never been easier! To make an online donation visit our online donation page. Under the gift designation section of this page, please specify that you want your donation to go to the SeaTac MCS office.
Furniture and Household Goods
Moving? Downsizing? Replacing? We are accepting donations of new and gently used household items and furniture! Your donated household items and furniture will be used to help prepare apartments for newly arrived refugees. We will pick up your items and provide a tax receipt if desired!
We are in need of the following:
- Tables and chairs
- Working Televisions
- Coffee tables and end tables
- Linens, blankets, towels
- Kitchen utensils, pots and pans, silverware, cutlery
- Cash donations to buy new pillows, toiletries, etc
Or, organize a donation drive with your friends, family, church group or social club! We will help you create a successful drive, step by step!