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KWA began in 1972 as a social club for Korean women married to American servicemen at the Fort Lewis Army base and McChord Air Force Base. To battle the feeling of isolation, they came together to begin outreach services to other Koreans in need across Pierce County. Soon the club was providing driving lessons, translation, transportation and assistance to domestic violence victims.
Since then, KWA has expanded services to 11 Western Washington counties, employing 1,200 employees to serve diverse needs for over 150,000 people each year including:

  • In-home care
  • Immigration and Naturalization
  • Health Screenings
  • Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Counseling
  • Domestic Violence Shelter
  • Affordable Housing


10,000 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.

  • Social Services

    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.

  • Available Counties

    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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