Tacoma Community House Oral History Interviews

Zagidullina, Alsu Moreno, Ivonne Serna, Laura Areiza Yu, Nala Nguyen, Vu Dang Alves, Ivanilda T. Gyekye, Gladys Atef, Salem Baca, Kil Im Shaporda, Petro Holub, Tetiana Kmetovska, Aneta Velasquez, Alejandra Angarita Najjar, Sarah Al Saleh, Habib T. Vargas, Mary I. Villalobos, Martin Vargas, Mary I. transcript Zagidullina, Alsu Transcript Moreno, Ivonne Transcript Villalobos, Martin Transcript Serna, Laura Areiza Transcript Nguyen, Vu Dang Transcript Alves, Ivanilda T Transcript Gyekye, Gladys Transcript Atef, Salem Transcript Holub, Tetiana Transcript Baca, Kil Im Transcript Shaporda, Petro Transcript Kmetovska, Aneta Transcript
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The Tacoma Community House was founded in 1910 under the name “Tacoma Settlement House” as a Methodist institution serving the children of the Hilltop neighborhood. Deaconesses Miss Chayer and Miss Branning offered educational and recreational activities for local children out of a rented home on South M Street beginning in 1913, later expanding the programs offered to serve adults as well. Early in the institution’s history, workers at Tacoma Settlement House supported recent Italian and Scandinavian immigrants in the area. In 1922, the name change to “Tacoma Community House” was finalized. The organization continued gearing its programs to recent immigrants, offering English language classes beginning the following year, and focusing much of its efforts in the 1960s and 1970s to accommodate incoming refugees and immigrants from Southeast Asia. As of 2022, the institution states it mainly focuses on immigration, housing, education, employment, and legal advocacy services.

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Includes oral history interviews with students enrolled in English language classes at Tacoma Community House.

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