Inna Kushnirchuk - February 2015
Inna Kushnirchuk found Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS)' Parent Education program eight years ago when her first son was born. Her husband and her has recently moved to the area from the Ukraine and needed some extra help raising a child for the first time.
Being home with a sick 14-month-old daughter has been really difficult for the Kushnirchuk family. Their daughter had heart surgery two months ago and Inna has been home with her to care for her full time. Because of this, Inna and her husband are relying on her husband's single income to support their three young children. Before their daughter got sick, Inna was working for a large chain store and was able to buy diapers and clothing for their children with her income.
Inna attends Parent Education classes at SFBFS' North Sacramento location, the Saca Community Learning Center. She enjoys attending classes and being able to receive free parenting supplies like clothing and diapers for her children. Her favorite class is Special Nutrition for Infants, learning a variety of dietary needs for babies as well as helping them meet daily vitamin intake.
While on her journey to self-sufficiency and financial independence a few people have helped their family along the way. Inna credits Parent Education Program Managers as always giving her confidence to succeed in her classes. "They call me and tell me all the upcoming classes. I feel like they want me to do well and improve my family."
Because Inna is from the Ukraine, she speaks fluent Russian and is able to translate classes, orientations and more as a help to the Parent Education program. Inna goes out of her way to invite families she knows into the program and has referred a large number of other mothers and fathers. "To see a client do that is really uplifting," says Gabriela Lopez, Parent Education Program Manager. "Inna uses her experience to cheer people on through their journey to self-sufficiency and financial independence."
In the future, once Inna's children have become more independent, she would like to go back to work at as an administrative assistant in an office. She also wants to become a volunteer at SFBFS and lend a hand to more families in similar situations to her. "I want to help. Different people have different problems and I want to help."
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