The Seattle Human Services Coalition will be presenting their 2015 Innovative Program of the Year Award to Washington New Americans at this year’s Human Services Awards on Tuesday, June 10th at City Hall.
Each year, the Seattle Human Services Coalition recognizes agencies and individuals for the work they do to change lives through advocacy and dedication to make a difference in human services. The Innovative Program Award is presented to Washington New Americans as a substantially redesigned human service that has successfully initiated services in a particularly innovative manner.
The Washington New Americans Program is a joint initiative of OneAmerica, the State of Washington Department of Commerce, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association of Washington in order to help more eligible immigrants navigate the U.S. citizenship process with the help of volunteer attorneys, paralegals, interpreters, and community members. The Washington New Americans Program helps immigrant families who wouldn’t be able to afford the help of a private attorney through citizenship application assistance in a group clinic format. The program and its Citizenship Day events have helped more than 4,500 people apply for U.S. citizenship since 2009!