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News Media Coverage: 

1/24/2024: Inspired by a love of education, a former refugee is making a difference in Portland, Oregon, USA for UNHRC

12/19/2023: They use art and music to restore what dementia takes away, The News Tribune

12/15/2023: CHPW donates $250K to local organizations who advance equity, Lynnwood Times

12/13/2023: Santa for Seniors hopes to build connections, The Astorian

11/21/2023: Light the World giving machines look to give back to the community, My Northwest News

11/18/2023: State and resettlement groups help Ukrainians in Oregon, Oregon Public Broadcasting

November 2023: After doing many roles, new director knows programs, The Fig Tree (Spokane)

10/30/2023: Oregon has $3.6 million in grants to help refugees from Afghanistan, Oregon Capital Chronicle

10/26/2023: A Family Place opens new facility, Newberg Graphic

10/9/2023: Clark County seeks up to $2 million for Ukraine, Afghan refugee aid, The Reflector

8/2/2023: Spokane organization helps refugee youth find foster families, Sunnyside Sun

7/24/2023: Afghan family finds home in Federal Way after Kabul collapse, Federal Way Mirror

7/18/2023: Spokane Police Department opens thousands of cold sexual assault cases in statewide initiative, KHQ-TV Spokane

7/14/2023: Room at the Inn: As Title 42 ends, ELCA Ministries continue to open their doors to asylum seekers, Living Lutheran

7/13/2023: Spokane Police complete review of nearly all backlogged sexual assault kits, KREM-TV Spokane

6/20/2023: Portland celebrates World Refugee Day with walk around city, FOX-12 TV Portland

6/1/2023: Helping Hands: Refugee Resettlement, Vancouver Family Magazine

5/14/2023: On Mother’s Day, Afghan refugee mother and family celebrate permanent asylum, The Columbian

5/10/2023: Religious persecution explained in new report about countries with worst religious freedoms, Spokane Favs

4/23/2023: Ukrainian refugees’ aid stretched thin in Clark County, The Columbian

4/19/2023: Santa for Seniors prepares springtime gifting, Tacoma Weekly

4/3/2023: Local advocacy groups, sheriff’s office join forces for sexual assault survivors, KHQ-TV Spokane

3/13/2023: Heike Lake receives YWCA honor for work at Lutheran Community Services Northwest, Spokane Spokesman-Review

3/9/2023: Rohingya refugee brothers reunited in Western Washington after 10 years apart, KING-5 TV Seattle

3/6/2023: CDC girls’ trauma report part of unfolding sex abuse cases after pandemic isolation, Spokane Spokesman-Review

2/27/2023: War in Ukraine alters life in Oregon: ‘We’re doing everything we can,’ The Oregonian

2/24/2023: Ukrainian family living in Oregon escaped Russian invasion, FOX-12 TV Portland

2/23/2023: Two hours a week changes lives, Companis.org

2/22/2023: Tacoma organization still welcoming Ukrainians displaced by war, The News Tribune

2/15/2023: A Valentine’s Day full of love for local seniors, Tacoma Weekly

2/14/2023: As federal funding dwindles, Washington groups that work with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault urge state lawmakers to step up, The Inlander

1/27/2023: Courthouse dogs offer comfort, support for crime victims, Spokane Spokesman-Review

1/26/2023: Domestic violence, sexual assault victim support services ask for state intervention amid federal funding cuts, Spokane Public Radio

1/21/2023: Washington domestic violence advocacy programs could face budget cuts, KXLY.com

1/12/2023: Human trafficking often unrecognized, misunderstood, says task force, Spokane Favs

12/21/2022: A gift from Santa: Organization provides Christmas joy to older adults, Living Lutheran

12/18/2022: An eventful, uneasy anniversary for Afghan refugee family in Hazel Dell, The Columbian

11/23/2022: Santa for Seniors brings joy to lonely elders, Tacoma Weekly

10/27/2022: Santa for Seniors television interview, Tacoma CityLine

10/26/2022: Award honors powerful programs, Tacoma Weekly

9/28/2022: Diaper drive begins to replenish A Family Place’s stockpile, Newberg Graphic

9/22/2022: A year later, Afghan refugees in Lynnwood see brighter future ahead, Everett Herald

8/30/2022: LCSNW Mental Health Services named silver award winner, Tri-City Herald

8/25/2022: Linfield welcomes Afghan students, McMinnville News-Register

8/12/2022: ‘We can’t claim mission accomplished;’ A long road for Afghan refugees, New York Times

7/16/2022:  Local church donates bikes for refugees, Federal Way Mirror

7/3/2022:  Afghan refugee family: ‘We are happy here’ in Hazel Dell, The Columbian

6/16/2022:  Vancouver library displays art from those who fled home, resettled in US, The Columbian

6/15/2022:  Spokane County Sexual Assault Unit donates 52 Ring cameras to Lutheran Advocacy program, KREM

6/13/2022:  Hope House to close after three decades in Uppertown, The Astorian

4/29/2022:  Local families open their homes and hearts to help refugees, Seattle’s Child

4/27/2022: After almost two decades, suspect arrested in rape case from 2022, KREM

4/21/2022: COVID left WA state youth emotionally damaged. Don’t ignore this mental health crisis, Tri-City Herald

4/21/2022: He’s putting $15 million toward helping seniors. It started with dressing as Santa for his mom, The News Tribune

4/19/2022:  Spokane Sheriff’s Office raising money to donate Ring doorbells to sexual assault survivors, Inlander

4/18/2022:  Seniors program celebrates unprecedented gift, Tacoma Weekly

4/12/2022:  How Afghan and Ukrainian refugee resettlement compares in WA, Crosscut

4/7/2022: World Relief Seattle, Lutheran Community Services NW prepare to welcome Ukrainians, KOMO News

3/31/2022:  Lutheran Community Services Northwest opening a new office in Pasco, NBC/KNDU

3/24/2022:  Family Biking: Helping new Afghan refugees get bikes, BikePortland

3/22/2022: City reveals more ARPA-funded projects, Newberg Graphic

3/2/2022: Rural WA nurses seek support for sexual assault examiner training, Crosscut

3/2/2022:  Seattle area prepares to welcome Ukrainian refugees, KUOW

2/26/2022:  Local community group standing ready to help resettle Ukrainian refugees, KIRO7

2/25/2022:  Portland woman fears for safety of family in Ukraine as organizations prepare for refugees, KATU

2/21/22:  Seniors Get a Valentine’s Day Surprise, Tacoma Weekly

1/5/2022:  Opinion: Oregonians step up for Afghan refugees, OregonLive