Each month, a client at SFBFS is featured for success and growth. This month’s client spotlight is:
Rahimi Family - August 2014
The Rahimi family moved to the United States in January 2014 seeking new opportunities and growth in their education. Upon arriving in Sacramento, Aryan began taking GED and ESL courses at a local adult school, but was disappointed to learn that classes were not offered during the summer. He began to research other programs that would offer a more comprehensive schedule for his wife, Storay, and himself to attend.
Aryan and Storay were grateful to discover the Adult Education program at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) and immediately signed up for ESL and GED classes as soon as they finished their orientation. When they learned that SFBFS’ Youth Education program offered Playcare Academy for their 2-year-old son and summer camp for their 4th grade daughter, they enrolled both their children in Youth Education.
“These programs were a big opportunity for my family and me. We appreciate everything SFBFS is giving us,” Aryan shared. “Playcare is so helpful to our education since our daughter is not in school for summer and our son is two years old.” Aryan and Storay were especially grateful to receive a call from the Youth Education Program Manager providing them with more information the same day they applied for the program. When Aryan and Storay’s son began his first day in Playcare Academy, he ran into class so excited to join the other kids his age. “He ran right into the program area, turned to his dad and said ‘bye!’” said Kelley Jones, Adult Education Program Assistant.
The Rahimi’s goals in the next few years are to learn more of the English language, obtain their GEDs and become United States citizens. Aryan plans to attend college after he gets his GED and is excited to learn more U.S. history to help him pass the citizenship test.
“The Rahimi family is wonderful,” said Lindsey Larrimore, Youth Education Program Assistant. “They are so grateful for our programs…more than any other family I’ve met.”
Do you know someone who wants to learn English or study for their GED but has a child at home? SFBFS’ Playcare Academy is available for children ages 1-5 of parents who are enrolled in Adult Education or Parent Education. Volunteers and staff prepare youngsters for preschool and kindergarten and encourage parental involvement though a co-operative system. For more information about any of SFBFS’ programs, visit www.sacramentofoodbank.org.
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