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223 N Yakima AveTacoma, WA 98403


Refugee Family Mentors at Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW) help refugee family’s transition to their new lives in King and Pierce counties. The family mentor role is multi-faceted and always evolving as families served come from different backgrounds and circumstances. Mentors and refugee families develop mutually rewarding relationships of cultural sharing, learning, and understanding.

Background: LCSNW resettles refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iran, Burma, as well as other countries. These families have experienced unspeakable suffering and loss. Being approved for refugee status and resettled in the U.S. is a blessing, but presents its own set of challenges. Imagine landing in a foreign land, knowing you could never go home, or be reunited with loved ones. You don’t know how your neighbors live, their language, their diet, their values, or their customs. Where to begin? With this new beginning comes hope, but it is a daunting and lonely process. That’s where the family mentor comes in.

Refugee Family Mentors engage in a range of specific and broad activities. Some mentors specifically focus on ESL tutoring, while others provide casual guidance on everyday life tasks; such as sorting mail, cooking dinner together, teaching refugees how to use a debit card, showing families local restaurants, helping them prepare for job interviews, taking families on fun outings like the movies, parks, festivals . . . the ideas are limitless, and provide the extra relationship that is so crucial to refugees’ success.

LCSNW serves families of all sizes and ethnic backgrounds, so family mentors can pick the family profile that interests them most. Mentors share time, companionship, activities, meals and inter-cultural experiences with their refugee families. The learning goes both ways - everyone wins!


  • People Skills
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Community Outreach
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Relationship Building
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Commit approximately 3 hours a week for 3 months
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