by Meghan Long, Communications Fellow Hamsa redefines the meaning of hard work, perseverance, and independence. When she first arrived in Spokane in January of 2013, she was highly qualified in many areas; she possessed a degree in English from the University of Baghdad, had a...

13 Aug 2019

by Meghan Long, Communications Fellow   Meeting Sarah and Samire, you would think they were sisters. Their contagious laughter and love for one another exudes true friendship. This unique and unbreakable bond would not have been formed if the girls hadn’t met in Spokane after...

03 Jul 2019

by Meghan Long, Communications Fellow The new sewing center started by World Relief has had a profound impact on 22-year-old Shamsa, who moved to Spokane three years ago. Not only has the center shown her how to practically care for her family, but through the six-week sewing class WEAVE (Women...

13 Jun 2019

by Elyse Herrera When Arooj stepped into Spokane a little over two years ago, her life was “a blank page, completely.” She had so many fears about entering this new “white world.” Shortly after arriving, there came an opportunity for friendship, something Arooj embraced head-on in her...

14 May 2019

"He’s My Brother" by Elyse Herrera, Digital Communications Intern When Thomas Steiner and Raheem Abbas met two years ago, neither could have anticipated the profound impact they would have on each other’s lives today. Thomas was assigned to be Raheem’s volunteer by World Relief shortly...

11 Apr 2019

"If God Gave Me This Opportunity, I’m Going to Use It"  Jeanine’s Story by Elyse Herrera, Media and Communications Intern The work of gratitude is powerful, and within the context of Jeanine Kayitesi’s Congo-to-Spokane story, the impact of immense gratefulness and opportunity is...

18 Mar 2019

A Few of Our Favorite Stories from 2018 by Andrew Goodwin, Digital Communications Assistant As 2018 comes to an end, we decided to take a look back at the last year and find some of our favorite stories from the last twelve months. In a year of difficult news for refugees and immigrants, re-...

30 Dec 2018

“Our message to the world is 'love to love.” by Rachel French, Guest Writer and Gonzaga University Senior “What was life like in Iraq? Can you describe what your daily life looked like?” Bushra looked at her husband, Ahmed, as if to search for some sort of response. Maybe it was the...

28 Dec 2018

A Story of Grit and Hope There are two words that Yanella Molinelli will never say. “I never say ‘I can’t,” she says. “I say, I’ll try.” Though her journey to being a United States citizen has been filled with as many ups-and-downs as a rollercoaster, Yanella continues to live out that...

29 Oct 2018

*We use Abida instead of her given name in order to protect her family back in Afghanistan When Abida* was in her home country of Afghanistan, she rose at 5 a.m. to go to work under cover of darkness. She worked as a security guard for the US Embassy in Kabul, but this connection with the United...

29 May 2018