Friends of Refugees Inc
April 16, 2011
I volunteered with Mommy & Me teaching refugee women in classrooms divided by their level of English fluency. It is a very professionally run program with well trained and committed teachers. Providing childcare for the women is an essential component to their success in the classroom but Mommy & Me takes the extra step of encouraging the mothers to be English teachers to their own children. The enthusiasm and dedication of the teachers sets a wonderful tone for the school! I loved working with the women and experiencing their growth in English language skills and feelings of accomplishment as they progressed into the next level. I think the program is one of the best refugee education programs in the area and deserves consistent funding! If I wasn't a full-time student now, I would continue to volunteer with the program.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
seeing women who knew almost no English when they first started at Mommy & Me, be able to express themselves in English and feel really proud of their accomplishments.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
ensure a consistent and sufficient funding stream! The program provides so much benefit for so many people for so little money!
Volunteer & I primarily worked individually with refugee women who needed extra help, but also taught in the classroom.