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International Recognition

 KWA to receive its 14th Overseas Compatriots Award

KWA to receive its 14th Overseas Compatriots Award

The Korean Broadcasting System Awards KWA for its Promotion of Human Social Welfare and Cultural Development

Korea, March 2008– Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) selected the Korean Women’s Association (KWA) to receive its 14th Overseas Compatriots Award in the category of social services, and held the award ceremony at the KBS-TV Public Hall in Korea on the 5th of March 2008.

Out of seven million ethnic Koreans abroad, the KBS Overseas Compatriots Award is presented to spur on and unearth those overseas Koreans who contribute to the promotion of human social welfare and cultural development. Senator Paull Shin received the Special Prize two years ago for not only his accomplishments in conquering adversities with adoption, but also recognition as the first Korean elected to the Washington State Senate, Vice President Pro Tempore. Excerpted from the Korea Times, US Northwest Edition, March 6, 2007

Local Recognition

 KWA awarded Tacoma’s Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award, 2014

KWA awarded Tacoma’s Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award, 2014

KWA has been awarded the City of Tacoma’s Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award for 2014

Though the City of Tacoma received many nominations, KWA’s We Are Family Domestic Violence Shelter stood out as the candidate that most closely aligned with the values of Dr. Martin Luther King. The We Are Family Home (WAF) helps women and children fleeing domestic violence situations, but has an extra component they concentrate on to strengthen the youth in their program. WAF believes in comforting their youth while guiding them toward healthy decisions in all parts of their lives. To encourage the youth to build strong social skills, WAF created a social networking platform for children effected by domestic violence to chat in a safely with their peers who can relate to their personal struggles. This program is led by the WAF Youth Specialist and has become a favorite medium for current and past residents of the We Are Family Home to visit to find support. To learn more about the We Are Family Home, please visit Domestic Violence Assistance.

Affordable Housing Finance selects Korean Women’s Association (KWA) as one of the Nation’s Best Senior Housing Developments

Federal Way, Wash. July 2010– According to Affordable Housing Finance magazine, Senior City Apartments addresses the housing and transportation needs of its elderly residents. The community is built adjacent to the Federal Way, WA Transit Center, a 24 hour hub for the regional transit system.

AHF received more than 140 nominations and selected 33 finalists in nine categories: family, green, historic rehab, master-planned/mixed-use, preservation, rural, seniors, special-needs and urban. KWA’s Senior City is chosen as one of four senior’s finalist.

Developments were chosen on AHF’s assessment of characteristics such as, impact on the community by adding substantially to the affordable housing stock or improving the immediate social or economic fabric; and employing a cost-effective or innovative design or construction, including energy efficiency and sustainable development.

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  • The President′s Volunteer Service Award

    Corporation for National & Community Service


  • Good in Government Award

    League of Women Voters


  • Certificate of Appreciation for Support

    Communities in Schools


  • Presidential Award

    Republic of Korea


  • Support Services Award

    Business Examiner


  • Certificate of Sponsorship

    Asian Pacific Cultural Center


  • Honored as one of 25 Best Nonprofits of Pierce County

    City Club of Tacoma


  • Certificate of Appreciation

    Tacoma Community House


  • Excellence in Construction Award

    Marpac Construction, LLC


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