Building A Better Tomorrow
CRC from its inception in 1982 have provided critical support and services to the Chams and other underserved communities in the Rainier Valley area of Seattle, WA. With limited financial resources and communal effort, the first property was purchased in 1991.This was the starting block for the community in creating a gathering space for the community to hold events and celebrate cultural holidays. It was also the foundation which helped the community envision and cement the importance and need of a community center and “village”.
Over the next 30 years, the community continued to pool together their limited financial resources to acquire the neighboring properties as they became available.
Finally in 2014, the community acquired the 5th adjacent property. Now having site control of 1.14 acres, detailed planning for the future community center began.
The organization continues to serve ethnic Cham populations, and newly arrived refugees from East Africa, Iraq and Burma (Rohingya). Through its case management services, Cham Refugees Community assists low-income, limited English speaking clients to meet all social services needs, including: System navigation; referral services; family support services including youth programs and senior services; and cultural services such as language classes and community events.
Annually, the organization sees more than 1600 individuals and families in Seattle and South King County, who utilizes our facility and services.