A Life Changed for an Asylum Seeker from China

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I am grateful for my clients Irina & Adrian, whose real estate transaction generated a donation to one of Chapman Homes non-profit partners. The gift was made to World Relief Seattle who helps refugees and asylum seekers feel loved as they set up a new life in America.


Meet Zhizhong


Zhizhong is an asylum seeker from China. World Relief met him in March 2021 when he was released from detention in Tacoma. He didn’t have any friends or family in the US so World Relief was able to connect him with a host family where he stayed for the next several months while he waited for his work permit. During this time, the host shared that he became part of their family. He would cook delicious meals to share, watch their small children, go on outings together and even hosted a guest released from detention while they were away on vacation. Both the hosts and Zhizhong shared that while it was not always easy to live together, they were very thankful for the experience.

Zhizhong faced many medical challenges, which were partially a result from persecution in China. WR was able to help him get connected to doctors and some free clinics. WR also helped him get connected to a lawyer, and through that connection, he was able to also receive mental health services as well. He is currently fighting his asylum case and waiting for his next court date.

Zhizhong is a loving father and husband who often expresses deep care and concern for his family. He lights up when sharing photos of them and dreaming of when they can be together again.

The day after he got his work permit he found a job and was eager to make money, so that he could support his family. When he got his first paycheck, the post release coordinator met him to set up his bank account. His continual generosity was again displayed when he greeted her with Chick-fil-a and a red USA Olympics teams hat. “I love America” he told her as they ate their sandwiches and sported their matching hats before heading to get his bank card.

Zhizhgong still has a long road ahead of him as he continues to fight his case, learn a new culture and one day be reunited with his family again.


If you're able, I encourage you to support World Relief and the amazing work they are doing this holiday season.


Matthew Chapman works hard to make your home buying or selling experience enjoyable and gives part of every commission to help a person in need.


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