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Somali Community Organizations in Seattle

The following information about Somali service agencies and community organizations in and around Seattle was originally prepared in Winter/Spring 2004 by the Somali Community Services of Seattle, and updated by EthnoMed in September 2009. Information about the Somali Health Board (SHB) was added in September 2014.  In August 2015 the SHB made additional updates to the following information.  

Seattle’s Somali residences are mostly concentrated in SeaTac, Tukwila, Yesler Terrace, Rainier Vista, New Holly, Washington apartments, MLK apartments, High Point, and White Center, while there are also Somalis living scattered throughout the Seattle area as far north as Lynnwood and Everett and south to Federal Way and Renton. Most Somalis in Puget Sound live in King County, with small numbers also in Snohomish and Pierce Counties.

 

Somali Health Board

Address: 7050 32nd AVE S (The Youth Building on the New Holly Neighborhood Campus)
Key contact person: Ahmed Ali, PharmD, SHB Chair
Phone: 206-823-1077, Email:
ahmed.abdille@gmail.com
Website: http://www.somalihealthboard.org/
Somali Health Board Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Somali-Health-Board/405648012843147

The Somali Health Board (SHB) is a coalition of King County Somali health leaders and health systems representatives working in collaboration to improve health outcomes of Somali residents. The SHB seeks to improve health outcomes in King County Somali communities through meaningful partnership development, mutual education of providers and community leaders and advocating for culturally appropriate and relevant policies and services. The board meets quarterly with an agenda focused on presentations about priority health topics and updates about subcommittee work around efforts like perinatal care and community health services, and organizes an annual health services fair (see Somali TV of Seattle video of 2nd annual health fair). The SHB Leadership Team is made up of the following positions: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretaries, Prenatal Subcommittee Chair and Community Liaison.  Read more about the Somali Health Board...

 

Somali Community Services of Seattle

Address: 8810 Renton Ave South Seattle WA 98118
Phone: (206) 760-1181, (206) 760-1115 Fax: (206) 760-1186
Email: somcss@yahoo.com

Website: http://somcss.net/

History:
A group of Somali intellectuals, social workers, and elders realized the need to establish a community center to serve the demands of Seattle’s increasing Somali population as early as 1995. The founders put their resources together and started offering basic services. Government agencies and some non-profit organizations supported the emerging organization. SCSS started to employ an executive director and supporting staff to replace the part time volunteers. It was incorporated in 1997 as a community based non-profit organization.

Mission Statement:
The Somali Community Services of Seattle’s (SCSS) mission is to work for the success of refugees in assuring a smooth transitional process, and attaining a self-sustainable status in their new country. Somali Community Services of Seattle serves East African refugees through a variety of services including case management and referrals, children and youth programs, senior program, and educational courses and workshops such as refugee parent education, computer classes, social justice leadership training, and natural environment conservation.

The Organization:
The organizational set up consists of a Board of directors, Executive, and supporting staff.

Social Service:

  • Referral service & outreach
  • Training programs
  • Translation and interpretation
  • Job search & employment referral
  • Family & Youth Programs
  • Youth & Sports
  • After school program
  • Parent education
  • Housing assistance to homeless families
  • Cultural & behavioral orientation
  • Counseling and case management
  • Senior Program (Education & Nutrition/Activity)
  • Open Internet Lab for the community
  • Drug and tobacco prevention program
  • Admin & Finance
  • Routine office work
  • Accounts & Bookkeeping
  • Public Relations
  • Fundraising & grant writing

 

Somali Community Services Coalition

15027 Military Road South

Suites 2-3

SeaTac, WA 98188

Ph: (206) 431-5141

Website: http://scscseatac.cfsites.org/index.php


The Beginning of SCSC:
Since the collapse of the Somali government in 1991 and the start of the civil war, over 50,000 Somalis have fled to and settled in the United States of America. The number of the Somali refugees who settled in Seattle alone is estimated to be as high as 8,000. The settlers are coming from a war-torn country. These refugees have a multitude of unique needs.

The SCSC is a charitable organization that formed in 1998 to help Somali refugees in the State of Washington. The SCSC assists the Somali refugees in their resettlement activities, and supports their efforts in maintaining their language, culture and values.

Mission of SCSC: The sole mission of the SCSC is to further the common welfare and well-being of the Somali community in the State of Washington and also to promote and instill in them the American ideals that will help them and result in their eventual successful settlement in the U.S.

Programs and Services:
The needs of our refugees dictate the types of services the organization provides and the programs it offers. The following is a list of the current and potential services and programs of the SCSC:

  • Housing assistance: Emergency housing, transitional housing, rent assistance and referrals for first time renters
  • Employment assistance: job training skills and referrals
  • English as a second language instructions (ESL)
  • Somali language classes
  • US Citizenship classes
  • Advocacy and referral services: providing links to other community resources
  • Interpreting and translating services
  • Youth Programs
  • Senior Programs
  • Family counseling
  • Working with other refugees communities
  • Organizing and holding community gatherings, festivals
  • All other appropriate services needed by the community

Needs:
Every community organization’s needs are always more than the available scarce resources. The SCSC is no exception. The needs of the Somali refugee community in Seattle are immense. The majority of the Somali refugees do not speak the English language. The physical environment of the state, climate, culture, the legal and governmental services are all different from experiences refugees used to know. To better serve the refugees so they can make it the U.S, the SCSC welcomes and appreciates financial contributions and moral support.

 

East African Community Services

7054 32ND AVE S SUITE 207 (The Youth Building on the New Holly Neighborhood Campus)

SEATTLE, WA 98118-3598

Phone: (206) 721-1119

Email: info@eastafricancs.org

Website: http://www.eastafricancs.org/

Opened a 400 sq ft branch office on the New Holly Neighborhood Campus in 2008.

East African Community Services (EACS) was established in 2000 to provide culturally specific advocacy, information, referral and direct social services to Somali, Oromo, Ethiopian and other East African refugees living in King County .

When civil war erupted in Somalia in 1991, many people fled away from the violence. Today, nearly 30,000 East African refugees have made the King County their home.

In 2000, four Somali refugees built collaborative relationships with community agencies and government programs throughout King County. They incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2001. This new organization—the Refugee Social Development Resource Center—later changed its name to East African Community Services (EACS) to reflect its core mission of helping all communities from East Africa.

EACS programs and services include:
  • Refugee Resettlement
  • Seniors/Elders Advocacy and Support
  • Primary and Secondary Education Support
  • Parenting Education
  • Case Management and Assessment
  • Youth Advocacy/Outreach
  • After School and Summer Program for Youth
  • Immigration Services
  • Citizenship Classes

 

Horn of Africa Services

Rainier: (206) 760-0550 | Yesler Terrace: (206) 344-5872
Highpoint: (206) 935-3705 | Rainier Vista (206)723-7424

Mailing Address and Main Office Address is:
4714 Rainier Avenue South, Suite 105
Seattle, WA  98118
Fax: (206) 760-0098

Website: http://www.hoas.org/index.html

Horn of Africa Services (HOAS) is a multi-lingual, multicultural nonprofit organization offering individual and family counseling and referral services. We respond to the health, employment, housing and educational needs within communities from Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, and neighboring countries who are living in the Greater Seattle area. HOAS provides services by bilingual staff speaking in Amharic, Oromo, Tigrigna, and Somali.

Horn of Africa Services conducts 'Job Readiness' workshops, monthly legal clinics, and an annual gift giving program for needy families. In addition, Horn of Africa Services has successfully produced seven citizenship videos in four major East African languages to disseminate information and help prospective individuals prepare for U.S. naturalization testing.

Founded in 1992 by a group of volunteers, HOAS provides assistance to East African immigrants and refugees, regardless of their religious, ethnic or political affiliations. Horn of Africa Services has been active in working to build a bridge between various East African groups by helping to create the Federation of East African Community Organizations in Seattle (FEACOS). FEOCAS, established in 1996 is a coalition of six East African organizations who collaborate to identify common concerns and to implement solutions.

Programs and Services:

  • Information & Referral
  • Advocacy & Counseling
  • Citizenship Classes
  • ESL
  • Outreach
  • Legal Immigration Clinic
  • Job Training & Placement
  • Youth Services
  • East African Self-reliance Project
  • Technology Training

 

Somali Youth and Family Club

Address: 19550 International Blvd #106, SeaTac, WA 98188 

Phone:(425) 207-8297 

Mission: We are dedicated to providing essential services to Somali and other underserved families and youth in King County. 

Vision: SYFC strongly believes that the protection and educational development of all youth and the access to resources for families is necessary and integral to human progress. We are committed to working with all partners to provide access to services towards the attainment of sustainable quality life. 

Social Services:

Housing Assistance 

  • YWCA Landlord Liaison Project Registered Agency
  • Referrals for Rental and Utility Assistance 

Case Management

  • DSHS Family-to-Family Program Partner 
  • School Enrollment 
  • DSHS Benefits Assistance(Food, Medical & Disability) 

Immigration Assistance

  • Applying for Citizenship 
  • Interpreting/Translation Assistance (General, Legal & Medical) 

Local Transportation Assistance 

Employment Assistance 

Summer Lunch Program 

Education Programs

  • After school Program – Free tutoring and homework help ages 6-18 offered Mon-Thur 3-7pm
  • Adult ESL classes – at Creston Point Apartments, taught by Renton Technical College accredited teachers
  • Weekend Cultural Classes open to all
  • Shah-Shah Early Foundations – Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups held weekly open to ages 0-6 must be accompanied by a parent or FFN caregiver.
  • Parent and Community Engagement- Workshops and focus groups.

 

SOMTV

Phone: (206) 424-4412

Email: info@somtvs.org

Website: http://somtv.org/

Mission: SomTV-Seattle is a television dedicated to inspiring and educating the Somali community through news, information and entertainment programming. Our mission is to provide community oriented, insightful and culturally significant programming to our local, national and global viewers.

Role: SomTV is an integral part of the Somali community in Seattle and as such it aims to serve the increasing Somali population in Seattle, Washington. Somalis throughout Seattle tune-in every Saturday night at 6pm for the weekly programs. It is the fastest growing Somali media in North America. SomTV cover all the major metropolitan areas in the United States.

Furthermore, SomTV commands a global audience as millions continually visit the SomTV website; SomTV.org. Visitors to the SomTV website come from the US, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

As such, SomTV is an important part of the Somali community in the Seattle area and has also gained wide ranging influence through its, often praised, online presence. 

Programs: Comcast channel 77, 23 City of Seattle 

  • Saturday live 6pm
  • Wednesday 8am
  • Thursday 8:45pm

  

Runta News

Phone: (206) 920-0220

Mailing Address: PO Box 18463, Seattle, WA 98118

Email: editor@runtanews.com

Website: www.runtanews.net/

About: this website is an online version of Runta Somali News Magazine which has been in print since 1995. The online version is dedicated to the readers who may miss the paper, and it is regularly updated. We mainly cover stories that concern the Somalis wherever they are, but also cover stories that interests Muslims and Africans. The first copy of Runta was published in Nairobi, Kenya where it had the largest number of readers before it moved. It is based in Seattle, WA. We focus these days on young Somalis who grew up in the US and Canada by adding subjects to our content that matters to the young. The paper is bilingual Somali and English, and it is published bi-weekly. Some Somalis recognize Runta as the best entertaining magazine they had ever come in contact with. Our slogan has always been: Dhis Kartidadaada. Dhis Aqoontaada. Dhis Niyaddaada. Akhri Runta. Runta Waa Tan Kaliya ee Ku Qancisa. In English: Build your ability. Build your knowledge. Build your moral. Read Runta. Runta is the only one that satisfies you.


Companion Athletics

Phone: (253) 397-8402

Email: companionathletics2014@gmail.com

Website: http://www.companionathletics.com/

Mission Statement: Creating athletic programs that encourage solidarity, and instilling values that help us understand how we’re all inextricably connected.

Objective: One of the biggest needs in our community is engaging youth in athletic programs that bolster leadership, rather than only focusing skill development and training in fundamentals. Furthermore, our youth are taught the important facets of the game. Companion Athletics programs are exclusively offered through a mission-aligned structure.

The league runs for 3 month and will significantly help young basketball players improve their individual skill set, understand the game at a more complex level, and be better prepared for next season of league competition.

 

Abu Bakr Islamic Center

14101 Tukwila International Blvd S. Tukwila, WA 98188

Phone: (206) 214-0200

Email: director@abubakrislamiccenter.com

Website: http://www.abicwa.com/about-us/

Vision: Our vision is to make Abu Bakr Islamic Center of WA an incredible facility that can cater to the needs of our members and the area at large. We want to transform the notion that an Islamic Center is solely meant for prayer alone. We want to make the practicing of our beautiful religion the central pillar that supports a foundation of progress for our members. A majority of our members are immigrants, and their needs are both spiritual and material. There are those that wish to better assimilate into this society but have no knowledge or means to do so. It is pertinent that we create a facility with which they can receive the knowledge and help to better themselves not only as Muslims but as Citizens.