Community Based Organizations (CBOs) by Alphabet

Apprenticeship & Nontraditional Employment for Women (ANEW) 

ANEW is one of the oldest non-profit organizations in the nation offering pre-apprenticeship training to women interested in pursuing a career in the construction and manufacturing industries. In addition to providing direct skills training, career navigation, and job prep services, ANEW also provides financial supportive services to men and women who are either exploring the possibilities of pursuing an apprenticeship, or who are currently in an apprenticeship and need additional support to be successful in completing their apprenticeship.  

 ANEW plans to provide the following employment and training activities and/or related support services to BFET-eligible clients: 

  • Informational sessions regarding ANEW's pre-apprenticeship training as well as general information regarding non-traditional career opportunities within the construction and manufacturing industries. 
  • Conduct / administer aptitude and career interest assessments to asses a person's skills and abilities relating to construction and manufacturing. 
  • Provide case management, including crisis support or referrals, career counseling, review of eligibility for services, and routine/special personal appointments or group meetings;
  • Support and provide job search assistanceincluding personal interviews and meetings, and job club / networking events, study sessions, resume and interview preparation, and mock interviews with apprenticeship and employer partners;
  • Provide job retention services, including mentoring, skill building, contract review guidance, as well as career advancement assistance.

The core services outlined above address the primary needs of the majority of ANEW students. ANEW strives to meet its clients where they are in their journey and attempts to customize services when possible. ANEW's ultimate goal is to provide quality training and superior support services; allowing diverse populations to be successful in the construction and manufacturing industries.

Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS)

Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) was founded in 1973 out of a grassroots effort. Today, it is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization offering a broad array of human services and behavioral health programs to Asian Pacific Americans in King County. ACRS is the largest multiservice organization serving all the different Asian Pacific American communities - immigrants, refugees and American born - in the Pacific Northwest. ACRS has been a BFET service provider through the Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (ORIA) since 2012.  Beginning in 2014, ACRS began offering BFET services to all participants.  ACRS provides a variety of services to assist jobseekers who want employment and/or training services to improve employability and achieve their goals of self-sufficiency.  These services include: applicant screening and testing, job readiness competencies, vocational training, job retention, job placement and career advancement.  New jobseeker orientation occurs every Tuesday at 3 PM.

CARES of Washington

CARES operates two BFET programs that were uniquely developed to serve Basic Food recipients. The primary program is a partnership with community colleges in which community colleges provide education and training, and CARES provides case management, job search assistance, and support services provided consistent with Washington’s BFET Contractor Procedures Manual.  All of which is designed to help increase college attainment and move participants to self-sufficiency. The other is a stand-alone program that provides BFET participants assessment, job readiness training, job search assistance, career planning and development, and job placement.


FareStart is a culinary job training and placement program for homeless men and women, and those at risk of becoming homeless.  Its 16 week comprehensive training program includes Culinary training taught through a combination of classroom instruction and hands on training in the FareStart kitchen that produces meals for its restaurant, catering service, and contract meals program that serves shelters and child care centers. (The revenue generated through these enterprises goes directly to support the FareStart job training and placement program.)  FareStart provides case management and support services.  FareStart also provides life skills training, job placement, and services that help participants find and retain jobs and achieve wage progression. FareStart’s BFET services are provided exclusively for appropriate Basic Food recipients.

Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region

Tacoma Goodwill operates six different job skills training programs: Custodial Skills, Computer Skills, Retail Skills, Warehouse and Transportation, Youth Barista and Culinary Skills. Most training programs are relatively short term but the time allotted varies by program and participant abilities and program costs vary.  Additionally, in each program, TGI offers help with costs for books, uniforms, and in Culinary Skills ancillary training costs (“ServeSafe” certification and Food Handlers Cards).

Housing Hope

Housing Hope empowers families by offering enriched services - intensive case management, education, employment preparation and life skills training, through our College of Hope program - along with expectations to ensure that residents will become and remain self-sufficient when they move on. By helping vulnerable families build personal assets and address the social and personal issues that may have contributed to their housing issues, cycles of poverty and hopelessness begin to end.

King County Jobs Initiative (KCJI)

King County Jobs Initiative provides employment and training services to individuals who are engaged in the criminal justice system but no longer incarcerated. These services are provided through Community Based Organizations on contract with KCJI to provide outreach, recruitment and enrollment, comprehensive case management, job readiness training, enrollment into training, support services, job placement and job retention. Currently 90% of the participants enrolled into KCJI are either on Basic Food (SNAP) or Basic Food eligible.  KCJI will continue to increase vocational training options for its participants by accessing sector training available at community and technical colleges. While most participants will participate in short term training, (approximately 12 weeks) it is expected that some will use this experience to further their educational goals and pursue an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree using other funding sources. 

Multi-Service Center (MSC)

Multi-Service Center serves BFET participants through its adult (age 18+) employment program called THRIVE.  Eligibility includes individuals that are homeless, imminently homeless, immigrant/refugee and/or an adult with a disability.  Employment is critical to building stability, and Multi-Service Center works with adults at all stages of job readiness.  Assistance can include career exploration, job search basics, job skills development, such as workplace ethics and communication, and paid, on-the-job training through internships.  All training and job search assistance is coupled with case management support to help a participant set and reach goals.  Many of MSC's employment programs offer an education component.  Through job search training, case management and paid internships, individuals work toward finding family-wage jobs that increase stability. 

Neighborhood House of Washington (NHWA)

NHWA is an organization that falls under the King County Employment & Housing Foundations for Work project and provides help to people from numerous countries and cultures with limited resources to attain their goals for self-sufficiency, financial independence, health and community building.  NHWA case workers, teachers, volunteers and tutors (many of whom are bilingual) work in neighborhoods across King County providing tutoring, citizenship classes, job training, case management, community health programs and transportation to more than 11,000 low-income people each year.  NHWA provides a special job search component for BFET eligible participants.

Northwest Indian College (NWIC)

Northwest Indian College is the tribal college serving Washington, Oregon and Idaho, and many Alaska natives. NWIC has its main campus at the Lummi Reservation in Whatcom County and also has five fully-serviced extension sites in Washington (Port Gamble S’Klallam, Swinomish, Tulalip, Muckleshoot and Nisqually), which offer a variety of educational opportunities.
NWIC’s BFET program partners with local WorkSource organizations and Tribal Employment Rights Organizations (TERO) to offer participants at each of its sites a variety of comprehensive workforce education programs that include training, internships, work experience and job placement with tribal and non-tribal employers. Each workforce education program has built-in soft/works skills and job readiness training, and during orientation, each participant is assessed for reading and math skill levels.
BFET-eligible NWIC workforce training programs include, but are not limited to, Early Childhood Education, Chemical Dependency Counseling, Information Technology, Computer Repair Technician, Web Page Development, Casino Gaming Technician, Office Professions, Tribal Casino Management, Entrepreneurship, Working with Infants and Toddlers, Construction Trades, Certified Nursing Assistant, Industrial Entry, Marine Maintenance Technology, Nursing Assistant and Caregiver.

Office of Refugee & Immigrant Assistance (ORIA)

The Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (ORIA) is located within the State of Washington, Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Economic Services Administration (ESA), Community Services Division (CSD). Our goal is for refugee and immigrant families and individuals to succeed and thrive in Washington State. The ORIA BFET program provides BFET services statewide through contractual partnerships between DSHS and community-based organizations and Washington Employment Security Department Spokane. Services under the ORIA BFET program include:

  • Job Search
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) training
  • Vocational education and training
  • Case management
  • Job retention services
  • Support services

Current contractors through ORIA include:

  • Asian Counseling and Referral (ACRS)
  • WorkSource (Employment Security Department), Spokane
  • Neighborhood House
  • Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA)
  • Refugee Federation Service Center (RFSC)
  • Refugee Immigrant Services Northwest (RISNW)
  • Tacoma Community House
  • TRAC Associates-King, Pierce and Snohomish County
  • World Relief Seattle
  • World Relief Spokane
  • World Relief TriCities

Opportunity Council (OPPCO or OC)

Opportunity Council (OC) is a private, non-profit Community Action Agency serving low-income people, acting as a catalyst for positive change, both in the community and in the lives of the people it serve.  OC's services range from addressing immediate and crisis-oriented needs (food, emergency shelter, and eviction prevention) to longer-term programs that promote self-reliance and financial stability.

OC offers a two-part BFET program. The first is a partnership with Whatcom Community College and Bellingham Technical College. Participants are co-enrolled receiving education and training from the community and technical colleges; as the individual prepares to transition into the employment market OC provides case management, job search and job readiness activities, support services, job retention services, and referrals to other programs and services.

OC also provides stand-alone services including assessment, job readiness and job search activities, support services, career planning, job retention, case management and referrals to other programs and services. Participants are identified through homeless housing programs, Basic Food outreach, early learning and family resource programs, the Community Resource Center, and DSHS CSO staff.

Pierce County Community Connections (PCCC)

PCCC’s Home and Family Division creates opportunities for economically disadvantaged families reduce the impact of poverty through a variety of social service and community programs that include employment services (CAREER), early childhood education, energy assistance, minor home repair and weatherization services. PCCC's CAREER program assists individuals obtain the education, training, employment and support services that are necessary to find employment and help avoid long-term public assistance dependency. BFET services are tailored to each participant’s needs to become successfully employed. Services include initial intake and career interest assessment, job search and job readiness activities including building a resume, master application, and mock interviews; career planning and coaching; support services; job retention services; and, referrals to other programs and services. CAREER offers a resource room with 18 computers, and a printer for participants.

Port Jobs

Port Jobs, through its Airport Jobs center located at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, provides BFET participants help getting jobs at the airport, including job search assistance, interview preparation training, job placement, intensive case management, and access to support services provided consistent with Washington’s BFET Contractor Procedures Manual. Most of those served by Airport Jobs live in the low income communities surrounding the airport, including White Center.  Many are immigrants and refugees. Airport Jobs provides uniquely developed case management services in support of BFET participants in job search and related activities.

Puget Sound Training Center (PSTC)

Puget Sound Training Center is a private nonprofit, community-based organization that provides social services to low-income individuals living in King County. PSTC currently provides Employment & Training and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) services. PSTC services include skills training, employment support and wage progression assistance to underserved individuals including immigrants and refugees as well as formerly incarcerated individuals.   Its goal through this work is to eliminate the barriers that prevent low-income individuals from acquiring living wage employment, or that prevent them from moving up the wage progression ladder. As a BFET contractor, PSTC will provide to each eligible BFET client, assistance in creating an employment plan that outlines the schedule of services. Under the guidance of this plan, PSTC may provide the following services and activities that include, but are not limited to:

*Job Search Assistance/Career Coaching & Job Placement Retention Services - PSTC works directly with each client to help them attain the skills they need for better paying jobs or the support they need to find employment, from assistance writing a resume to referrals to other service providers.

*Job Search Workshop - PSTC provides a Job Readiness Workshop designed to help participants with their interviewing skills and gain an overall idea of how to conduct an effective search for work.

*Computer Basics Workshop - PSTC provides Basic computer and Internet Introduction Workshop to train participants in online job searching tools and techniques for finding employment using this method.

*Job Skills Training - This component provides training in the areas of computer training, warehouse, and a three-year forklift certification training which is geared towards individuals that are currently employed in entry-level warehouse positions such as packaging or unemployed and that are in need of advanced skills certification in order to qualify for a living wage job in the warehouse industry.

The Refugee Federation Service Center (RFSC)

The RFSC BFET programs were uniquely developed to primarily serve eligible refugee and immigrant participants. The primary program provides BFET participants assessment, job readiness training, job search assistance, career planning and development, job placement, case management, and support services. In addition the RFSC works in partnership with community colleges in which community colleges provide education and training, and the RFSC provides case management, job search assistance, and support services provided consistent with Washington’s BFET Contractor Procedures Manual. All of which is designed to help increase college attainment and move participants to self-sufficiency. In addition, the RFSC directly provides some participants vocational training in electronic assembly, CNA and warehouse training. The RFSC BFET services are provided exclusively for appropriate Basic Food recipients.

Seattle Goodwill Industries (SGI)

SGI helps disadvantaged people in King, Snohomish, Kitsap, Skagit and Whatcom Counties to achieve economic independence through programs designed to assist those with significant barriers to employment.  SGI plans to provide a job search component, education services, vocational training, and case management services for BFET eligible participants.  Program offerings include:

  • Retail Customer Service Job Training Program – includes an integrated job search component as well as on-the-job training
  • Cashiering/Customer Service class – a less intensive class than the full-time Retail Job Training program without the job search or on-the-job training
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages classes – from pre-literate to high-intermediate levels
  • Computer classes – basics (operation/internet/email), MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, online job search, and keyboarding
  • GED Preparation
  • Community College 101 – a class that helps participants transition to job training programs in the community college system
  • Job Search – individualized assistance for students in classes other than the Retail training program
  • Case Management – all students complete an individual employment and training plan with a Case Manager; support services are provided on an individual basis (help with housing, clothes, health care, vision, transportation, info and referral, etc.)

Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI)

SJI’s BFET program offers participants training through the community college system that leads to credentials in growing local industry sectors.  Currently SJI is supporting the following four sectors:  Health Care, Business Information Technology, Manufacturing, and Automotive, Trade & Logistics.  SJI’s CBO partners provide BFET participants wrap around supports including assessment, barrier removal, case management, college navigation, instruction in soft/success skills, resume writing, interview skills, job placement, and retention services. They also receive support services provided consistent with Washington’s BFET Providers Handbook. SJI’s BFET services are provided exclusively for appropriate Basic Food recipients.

Tacoma Community House

Tacoma Community House (TCH), a nonprofit organization, provides services to refugees, immigrants, and English speaking adults and youth.  Founded in 1910, Tacoma Community House has assisted people in developing employment skills, finding jobs, and becoming independent since the 1930’s.  Tacoma Community House helps people gain the skills and experiences they need to be self-sufficient. Over the years, TCH has contributed to the livelihoods of nearly every ethnic group that has called Tacoma home with over 3,000 participants served from well over 90 different countries of origin just last year.

Tacoma Community House offers the following employment services to BFET-eligible participants:

  • Customized Job Search Assistance: work one-on-one with an employment navigator to target the industries and types of employment that you want and qualify for
  • Job Readiness: work one-on-one to learn about the benefits of work, goal setting, career development, workplace culture, personal appearance, job hunting, filling out applications, interviewing, and how to retain employment
  • Work Readiness Workshops:  group-style classes that teach job-readiness topics such as applications, online job search, networking, interviewing, and more
  • Job Development Assistance: TCH Job Developers help make connections with local employers for TCH participants
  • Individualized Case Management and Career Coaching:  work one-on-one with a case manager as needed to mitigate challenges such as housing, transportation, clothing, and more
  • Job Retention Services: work one-on-one with a case manager even after gaining employment to provide assistance and guidance in navigating the world of work
  • Access to Other Services: 
    • Adult Basic Education and GED preparation 
    • Youth Programs
    • One-on-one tutoring
    • Family literacy 
    • Vocational counseling and referral to college training programs
    • Financial literacy
    • English as a Second Language classes
    • Immigration services
    • Citizenship classes


TRAC Associates

TRAC’s BFET program works providing Employment Services to Homeless King County participants with the goal of helping them gain self-sufficiency and housing stability.  Services provided to BFET participants include assessment, barrier removal, case management, instruction in soft/success skills, resume writing, interview skills, job placement, and one year of retention services. TRAC helps its participants identify training programs in high demand occupations and provide support while in training.  They also receive support services consistent with Washington’s BFET Contractor Procedures Manual. 
TRAC’S ORIA BFET Program serves eligible non-citizens in King, Pierce, Thurston and Snohomish Counties. These programs provide assessment, job readiness training, job search assistance, career planning and development, job placement, case management, and support services. TRAC coordinates with local community colleges who provide education and training to its participants.

YWCA of Seattle King County

The YWCA operates two BFET programs that were uniquely developed to serve Basic Food recipients. The primary program is a partnership with community colleges in which community colleges provide education and training, and the YWCA provides case management, job search assistance, and support services provided consistent with Washington’s BFET Contractor Procedures Manual.   All services are designed to help increase college attainment and move participants to self-sufficiency. The other is a stand-alone program that provides BFET participants assessment, job readiness training, job search assistance, career planning and development, job placement, and case management.

YWCA of Spokane

The YWCA provides services through the Women’s Opportunity Center.   Commenced in 2006, the mission of the Women’s Opportunity Center is to empower Spokane’s unemployed and underemployed women to increase their earning potential and achieve financial independence.  The Women’s Opportunity Center offer Job Readiness and Career Advocacy, a fully staffed computer lab and Our Sister’s Closet, a free professional clothing bank for women. 

The YWCA  Women’s Opportunity Center furnishes BFET-eligible recipients with job search assistance and training, including resume writing, interviewing techniques, assessment, case management, barrier removal, job placement, and retention services.  The Women’s Opportunity Center helps unemployed individuals; “Get the job. Keep the job. Build a career.”  The program is designed with four areas of focus with classes and one-on-one advising available under various topics.


WorkSource Spokane (ESD)

WorkSource Spokane provides BFET Refugee and Immigrant Services Employment and Training services. WorkSource's program provides comprehensive case management, job readiness training, support services, job placement and job retention.

Employment Services include:

Completion of a Comprehensive Employment Assessment

Introduction to career exploration tools and resources

Information on the local labor market to help identify a career pathway

Support service assistance

Assistance to prepare work search products, including a resume, master application and 60-second Commercial

Receive one-on-one employment coaching sessions

Access to the WorkSource resource room and all available workshop and activities

Job development assistance to include Work Experience assistance

Job referrals

Access to Job Club activities

Access to skill development opportunities through WorkSource

Referrals to post-employment training opportunities

Connections to community resources

Career and wage progression opportunities

World Relief

World Relief History and Purpose:
World Relief Seattle, as the local affiliate for the national World Relief, has cared for refugees and immigrants by providing case management, housing, English as a Second Language classes, and job assistance. The agency welcomes refugees from over the world, such as Iraq, Somalia, Burma, Iran, Bhutan, and Eritrea. World Relief Seattle has a history of positive performance in self-sufficiency projects for persons with limited-English abilities. In addition to other services including citizenship, RRA, and Match Grant, World Relief has been successfully providing employment assistance and job placements through the state LEP Pathway contract for 10 years. In FY2013, World Relief had over 250 employment placements through the LEP Pathway and Match Grant programs.

BFET Services:
World Relief Seattle provides culturally-appropriate employment and ESL services to refugees through the BFET program, such as:

English as a Second Language (ESL)
• Performing CASAS pre-tests to determine the participant initial ESL level
• Performing CASAS post-tests to determine language level gain
• Reporting all progress and level gains to E-JAS
• Incorporating employment-related curriculum into the classroom
• Coordinating with the Employment Staff regarding best/relevant employment topics to include in curriculum
• Providing ESL Case Management
• Referring participants to other ESL programs

Employment Services
• Making an Individual Employment Plan for every participant
• Providing pre-employment orientation
• Providing ongoing job skills training
• Preparing resumes with participants
• Filling out job applications with participants
• Transporting participants to job interviews, job orientations, and first days of work
• Counseling participating on all aspects of employment in America
• Reporting on job placements through E-JAS
• Following up with employers and participants post-employment