Finding a home at the Washington Athletic Club
Since December 2012, 8 recently arrived refugees have found employment at the Washington Athletic Club (WAC). The WAC was opened in December of 1930, and since then has served as “a home away from home” for Seattle’s civic and community leaders. Since December of last year, the WAC has also, through partnership with the IRC, helped refugees build their new life in King County as WAC employees. While the IRC provides a furnished apartment and some financial assistance to each newly refugee, finding employment is high on the priority list for many.
When Executive Housekeeper Eva Vasquez sees an IRC employee working hard and putting forth his or her best effort, she gives them more hours. All IRC WAC employees are currently working 32+ hours weekly. By continuing this commitment to hiring and supporting refugee employees, the WAC is making a significant difference in the lives of many families. The WAC is one of several businesses the IRC partners with to help refugees find employment, and with the help of these businesses, 129 refugees were placed in jobs last year. To learn more about the WAC, visit them here.
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