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THE KWA STORY

Humble Beginnings

KWA was founded by Kim Nam Hui, the Korean wife of an American serviceman. Kim and other immigrant wives came together to share meals and encourage one another. Their first fundraisers included selling favorite Korean foods to other immigrants living at Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base. Eventually KWA members were able to provide them with transportation needs, translation services and support to the women suffering from domestic violence.

In 1979 the organization received its non-profit status and first grant from Washington State. The next year, services were expanded to other Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants and refugees. Known for their unique ability in helping those whose dreams were thwarted by language and cultural barriers, word of KWA’s cross-cultural compassion spread quickly.

From a single part-time employee in a 500 square-foot office, KWA now has 1,200 employees with offices in 11 counties to serve all people. For more information, you can view a short documentary on our history and services here

THE MISSION OF KWA

OUR MISSION

KWA provides multi-cultural human services through education, socialization, advocacy and support. Regardless of their race or ethnic background, KWA seeks to increase the quality of life for all people in need.

OUR VISION

We are the leader in serving multi-cultural communities, making a difference in people’s lives

OUR CORE VALUES

  • Honesty
  • Serving People
  • Excellence in All We Do

Learn about the Awards and Accomplishments of KWA: