Better Futures Start Here
This month, I have chosen to highlight the stories of three families whose children attended our summer program at Simms. These families represent the diversity of the community we serve and the important work we do!
One of our Club heroes is the great grandmother of three beautiful school age girls. This lively 75+ woman works hard in a local social establishment to provide for this trio. Thecombination of supports they received from both their great grandmother and our staff, enabled the girls to enjoy a summer they will never forget!
Then there is the family who moved here from Puerto Rico this summer, with three school age children who spoke no English. They were able to participate in our summer program and communicate with our bilingual staff and many other bilingual members. When they enter the doors of Harrisonburg City Schools next week, they will take with them new friends, an improved understanding of the English language, and a confidence they didn't have when they first came.
Lastly, is the mother of five who immigrated from Africa to make a better life for her children. She invited me into her home to help her fill out an application for her son to attend the JMU basketball camp. By advocating for her kids, and making use of the resources around her, she is overcoming her own barriers and making a better future for her children.
By advocating for her kids, and making use of the resources around her, she is overcoming her own barriers and making a better future for her children.