MISSION The Vashon Resettlement Committee was formed to provide compassionate resettlement support and a welcoming community for families traumatized by war and cultural dislocation. We are working with local refugee agencies to identify and resettle Syrian and other families from the war-torn Middle East in our community of Vashon Island.
WHAT WE DO As volunteers, we are mobilizing to secure housing and to help families access community resources and services, to improve their English, develop new job skills, find employment, enroll their children in school and navigate complex social services and cultural acclimation.
ACTIVITIES Through cultural and educational events and outreach to community service organizations, churches and businesses, we seek to create deeper understanding of the lives, culture and shared griefs and joys of families escaping trauma and seeking to start new lives in the United States. See upcoming events!
HOW YOU CAN HELP Opportunities for volunteering abound, from conversational English to driving to medical appointments, outreaching for jobs, and supplying necessities for new households. Learn more
FUND RAISING Our fund-raising programs support housing subsidies, transportation and occasional food or medical needs of families we are welcoming into our community. Monies are not distributed directly to the families, but are used to pay for housing and other necessary expenses not covered by other social service sources until families are able to become self-sufficient. As families achieve greater capacity to support themselves, donated funds will be applied to resettling additional families. Learn More
LEGAL The Vashon Resettlement Committee is a registered 501 (C-3) charitable organization founded by community members to support resettlement of refugees on Vashon Island, WA.
Mary Rose, President
Susan Doerr, Vice President and Public Relations
Liz Illg, Treasurer
Erin Durrett, Secretary
Kathy Olsen, Advisor
Suzanna Leigh, Family support advocate
Please contact Susan Doerr, Public Relations
P.O. Box 401
Vashon, WA 98070