COURTESY PHOTO, World Relief Western Washington

COURTESY PHOTO, World Relief Western Washington

World Relief Western Washington new name for Kent nonprofit

Refugee resettlement agency formerly known as World Relief Seattle

Kent-based World Relief Seattle has rebranded its name to World Relief Western Washington.

With an expansion to Bellingham in Whatcom County last year and the expected addition of a Thurston County location later this year, the refugee resettlement and immigrant services agency updated its name to reflect its regional impact, according to a May 2 press release.

“This expansion not only provides the opportunity for more communities to welcome new neighbors, but it also gives us the opportunity as World Relief Western Washington to build capacity through our long-standing expertise in resettlement and welcoming families and individuals,” said Executive Director Medard Ngueita.

The new branding includes the launch of a new logo and website:

As the largest refugee resettlement and immigrant services organization in Western Washington, the nonprofit with offices in Kent and Bellingham, has served more than 40,000 refugees, immigrants and asylees (a person seeking or has been granted political asylum) since 1979 and activates and empowers community partners to participate in building a welcoming community for newcomers.

By 2023, World Relief Western Washington plans to serve over 10,000 immigrants and refugees per year through a suite of comprehensive wraparound services.

Founded in response to the needs of refugees fleeing wars in Southeast Asia, World Relief’s Kent location grew to support refugees, asylees, asylum seekers and immigrants from all around the world as they rebuild a sense of home in Western Washington.

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