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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.

The Great!

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!

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I primarily worked individually with refugee women who needed extra help, but also taught in the classroom.