The Korean Women’s Association (KWA) is a 501 (c) (3) nationally recognized non-profit organization providing multicultural and multilingual services. The KWA provides resources and an easily accessible environment where people, of all ages and cultural backgrounds, can receive the support they need. We strive to understand and adhere to our clients’ needs to make a positive difference in their lives.
The KWA provides the following programs: Senior Services, In-Home Care, Senior Meal Sites, Senior Housing, Multi-Family Housing, Work Force Housing, Community-Based and Legal Advocacy, Emergency Shelters, State Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA), Community Health Care and Education, Naturalization and Citizenship Services.
The KWA helps people to improve their lives by meeting their most basic human needs through education, socialization, advocacy and support.
Building a Bridge Across Cultures
KWA began in 1972 as a social club for Korean women married to American servicemen. Many of them felt isolated and homesick, but realized the best therapy for them was to reach out to serve other Koreans in need in Pierce County. Soon the club was providing greatly needed services, such as driver’s training, translation, transportation and help to victims of domestic violence.
KWA grew—reaching out to other Asian immigrants and Pacific Islanders. Today, KWA provides reaches out to people from over 40 different nationalities, folks that otherwise fall through the cracks of our community safety net, due to language and cultural barriers. KWA team members overcome these barriers with understanding and compassion, assisting these individuals in realizing the American promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness–because happy, healthy and productive citizens make for better communities.
150,000 People A Year
40+ Different Nationalities
Since 1972, KWA has worked to meet the social and community service needs —serving people of over 40 different nationalities.
KWA is a leader in innovative programs designed to enhance the quality of life for all people in need with an emphasis on helping non-English speaking immigrants.
Poor & Vulnerable
Many minorities face barriers of racism, language, poverty and vulnerability, and struggle with a limited understanding of and access to available services.
All People Matter
KWA’s 1,200 plus employees serve the diverse needs of over 150,000 people annually.
Services are available to people living in Pierce, King, Snohomish, Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Cowlitz, and Pacific counties.
Pathway to Inclusion
KWA provides a helping hand, protection and a pathway to inclusion and full participation in community life.
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