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Community Spotlight on Iraqi Community Center of Washington

Iraqi Community Center of Washington (ICCW) serves as a multi-faced support network helping Iraqi refugees in Washington State make a successful transition to life in the United States.

Established in 1998, ICCW provides numerous human and social services, from early learning and after-school tutoring to housing support to numerous individuals and families in South King County and the Seattle area.

The organization’s mission is to build and empower a healthy and self-reliant community, develop strong leaders, and promote economic independence through direct assistance and capacity building.

Working with refugees from all walks of life

IRCCW’s after-school programs include homework help as well as project-based learning to engage students and inspire their creative imaginations. Weekly classes in both Arabic and English as a second language help youth and adults gain confidence in their communication skills. A support group for women provides a safe space for women to come together, develop basic skills, create and fine-tune their resumes, and learn about community resources.


“We make our constituents feel like they have a home, where they can go and be understood. … Our students are able to have a deeper understanding of real-world challenges and are encouraged to find solutions. ”


Iraqi Community Center of Washington
https://www.irccw.org

IRCCW programs

  • Arabic and English classes
  • Early learning and home visits
  • After-school homework help
  • Support with immigration, housing, social services
  • Medical assistance and case management
  • Employment
  • Advocacy
  • Women’s support program
  • Referral to social, medial and legal service providers

Iraqi Community Center of Washington is one of 31 organizations receiving funding through King County’s Best Starts for Kids Quality Out-of-School Time program in 2018-2021. The grant enabled IRCCW to offer after-school and Saturday Arabic classes to about 25 Iraqi refugees in a Kent elementary school. Children in the program received support in academics and English while also preserving their cultural heritage. Learn more about Best Starts for Kids and School’s Out Washington.


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