Client Spotlight

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. RahimiFamily resized

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.

 

Click on a link below to read archived Client Spotlights:

August 2014 - Rahimi Family (Youth Education)
July 2014 - Kevin Wiley (Parent Education)
June 2014 - Krash Munoz (Youth Education)
May 2014 - Virgina Saucedo (Adult Education) 
April 2014 - Sherrie Kelley (Food - Garden)
March 2014 - Theodore Williams (Food)
February 2014 - Maria Perez (Parent Education) 
January 2014 - Francine Murchinson (Clothing)
December 2013 - Johnson Family (SMUD)
December 2013 - Yelena Demchik (Food)
November 2013 - Kenyatta Clark (Food) 
October 2013 - Frank and Janet (Food)
October 2013 - Julie Bucsit (Food - Garden)
September 2013 - Javier Martinez (Adult Education)
September 2013 - Jennifer McCoy (Food - Garden)
August 2013 - Hassan Abdullah (Clothing)
July 2013 - Jesse Rodriguez (Youth Ed)
June 2013 - Minnie Counts (Food, Garden)
May 2013 - Christina Bordenave (Parent Ed)
April 2013 - Gertrude Byrd (Senior)

 

 




 

April 2013 - Cynthia Ryan (Food)
March 2013 - Diana Licon (Youth Education)
March 2013 - Alicia Brown (Food)
February 2013 - Gabriela Enriquez (Parent Ed)
December 2012 - Cynthia Robertson (Clothing)
November 2012 - Naomi Fox (SMUD)
October 2012 - Gayle and Calith (Food)
September 2012 - Veronica Lopez (Adult Ed)
August 2012 - Ossie Townsend (Food)
July 2012 - Moria Osario (Adult Education)
June 2012 - Gigi Winther (Senior)
May 2012 - Joyce & Christian (Parent Ed)
April 2012 - Yuvonda McNeal (Adult Education)
March 2012 - April Hewlett (Adult Education)
February 2012 - Diego Aguilar (Youth Ed)
January 2012 - Oleksandr and Olga (Parent Ed)
November 2011 - Maria Delgado (Mother-Baby)
October 2011 - Carl & Collette (Clothing)

Volunteer Spotlight – October 2011
Yolanda Moore

yolanda.jpgYolanda Moore originally came to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) about five years ago when she was taking art classes at a local community college. She heard, by word of mouth, about a free art program for women in Sacramento, offered at a local non-profit organization. She became intrigued with the idea decided to check it out. What she found was the Women’s Wisdom Art program at SFBFS, a free art group for women from diverse backgrounds, who come together to support one another, learn new skills, and gain self-confidence and creativity. Yolanda felt very at home and started to gain confidence in her artistic abilities.

yolanda_1.jpgAfter attending classes, she decided to pursue her degree in Art at Sacramento State University. Her classes began to take up the majority of her time. Eventually she approached Helen Plenert, Women’s Wisdom Art Program Manager, to inform her that she no longer had time to participate in the program and needed to commit full time to her Sac State classes. Although Helen and the other students were sad to see Yolanda leave, it made them happy that she was pursuing a lifelong goal. By setting such a goal and steadfastly working toward it, Yolanda was unknowingly inspiring others in the program. “Even as a student, she was always a huge help in the classroom,” says Helen. “I asked her to consider coming back as a volunteer someday. It was just over a year ago when she walked back in to begin volunteer work for us. “

In 2010, Yolanda returned to SFBFS after receiving her degree as a volunteer for the Women’s Wisdom Art program.  As a volunteer, Yolanda offers support to the students in the program. “Every day is different,” says Yolanda. She typically arrives before any classes start, working with the instructors and pulling out all the necessary materials. The women often ask for help finding a certain item or ask for Yolanda’s opinion on a project. “Every woman has her own style when it comes to art,” she comments. “I try to give my opinion to them while at the same time making sure it doesn’t interfere with their own ideas.” Yolanda’s favorite part of volunteering is seeing students progress. Oftentimes students arrive unsure and afraid that they can’t create something worthwhile. The nature of the program allows them to freely express themselves and develop creatively. Once a student sees their work displayed on a gallery wall, they feel accomplished and self-confident. “The quality of the artwork created by these women is truly impressive,” says Yolanda.

Helen and the other instructors in the program value each and every day that Yolanda volunteers in the classroom. According to Helen, Yolanda is one of those rare jewels who see what needs to be done and just jumps headfirst in to do it. A new student may need some comforting and Yolanda just sits down next to her as if that was the last seat in the room and strikes up a conversation. Another minute she is up to her elbows in dirty dishes and paint brushes. “It's really a rare moment when I have to ask her to help with something specific because she usually thinks of it before I do. In fact, she may have already done it before I finish asking!” says Helen.

In addition to volunteering, Yolanda can be found painting or drawing on her own time, spending time with her friends, or visiting her family, including her grown children and five grandchildren.

If you are interested in volunteering your time to help someone in need in our community, click here for more information.