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Women's Conversation Club

Serving with refugee women and providing opportunities for them to practice English while building friendships over fellowship and food is not only a practical necessity but also a powerful means of empowerment, integration, and mutual enrichment. By extending a hand of friendship and support, you're not only transforming individual lives but also fostering a more inclusive and compassionate society for all.

Why serve with refugee women: building friendships, fellowship, and english skills

Serving with refugee women and providing opportunities for them to practice English while building friendships over fellowship and food is crucial for numerous reasons, fostering empowerment, integration, and mutual understanding:


• Empowerment through Language — Language proficiency is a vital tool for empowerment, enabling refugee women to navigate their new environment with confidence. By helping them practice English, you're equipping them with the skills they need to access education, employment, healthcare, and other essential services, ultimately empowering them to take control of their lives and futures.

• Breaking Social Isolation —
Refugee women often face significant social isolation due to language and cultural barriers, as well as the demands of resettlement and caregiving. Providing opportunities for them to practice English in a supportive environment helps break down these barriers, fostering connections and friendships that combat loneliness and enhance their sense of belonging.

• Building Confidence and Self-Esteem —
Learning a new language can be daunting, especially for adults adjusting to life in a new country. By creating a safe and encouraging space for refugee women to practice English, you're helping boost their confidence and self-esteem. As they gain proficiency, they feel more empowered to engage with their surroundings, pursue opportunities, and interact with others.

• Promoting Integration and Inclusion —
Integration into the host community is essential for refugee women's well-being and success. By facilitating friendships and social interactions through fellowship gatherings, you're promoting a sense of inclusion and acceptance within the community. These connections bridge cultural divides and create a welcoming environment where refugee women can thrive.

• Providing Emotional Support —
Friendship and fellowship provide crucial emotional support for refugee women as they navigate the challenges of displacement and resettlement. Sharing meals and stories together creates a sense of camaraderie and solidarity, offering a supportive network of peers who understand and empathize with their experiences.

• Fostering Cultural Exchange and Understanding —
Fellowship gatherings offer opportunities for cultural exchange and mutual learning, enriching the lives of both refugee women and volunteers. Through shared meals and conversations, participants gain insights into each other's cultures, traditions, and experiences, fostering greater understanding, empathy, and appreciation for diversity.


• Strengthening Family and Community Bonds — Building friendships over fellowship and food extends beyond individual relationships to strengthen family and community bonds. Refugee women who feel supported and connected are better able to nurture their families and contribute positively to their communities, creating a ripple effect of empowerment and resilience.

Get involved!

Ready to take the next step? Simply fill out the Northwest Community Center volunteer application. A member of our staff will follow up with you. We can't wait to welcome you to our team and embark on this rewarding journey together!


Commitment: Friday mornings; flexible commitment for a semester

Volunteer time shift: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM


  • Age: adults 18+ years old
  • Additional info: completed Northwest Community Center volunteer application; cleared background check; light refreshments included


To sign up for Women's Conversation Club, click here!

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