I have been blessed with the privilege to teach English to the refugees for the past three years. They come from various backgrounds but they all have one need: to learn English and to find a job in America. Many of them have attended other English schools and as soon as they find our school they see something different. The students in our school feel that we care and, as a Christian organization, provide the best service. One day I asked my students a question: "What was the most wonderful thing that happened to you?" One of them said,"The most wonderful thing that happened to me was when I met the Pastor''s wife in this church." We take them on field trips to the library, the zoo, and the aquarium. We provide gifts for each of their family member for Christmas. They feel blessed and cared for.
I really appreciate what this agency is doing for the community and for refugees! They are giving away close to 10,000 lbs of food each week to help alieviate hunger and operating a English language class to help refugees learn language skills necessary to survive in their new country.
Well done ! Keep it up!
I give Friendships For Hope the highest score possible. As our business is right across the street from them we get to see their work with refugees on a day to day basis. We see the refugees growing their own gardens, and they are provided with classes to learn English as a second language; they are given practical job skills along with the necessary knowledge to navigate in this, a culture very different from their own. Friendships for Hope provides an invaluable service in our community towards a smooth transition of individuals and families as productive members in society, having enabled them to contribute in a positive manner.
Friendships For Hope also distributes food for hundreds of families in the community on a weekly basis. Friendships For Hope is well rounded in its mission, making a difference in the lives of many--a difference that is positive and lasting. It is with pleasure that we give a well deserved 5 star rating.
Friendship for Hope is working year round doing fun raising from musical performances for their charity to selling at a thrift store dedicating all the proceeds to Friendship for Hope at the same time as training and teaching this refugees on how to adapt to their new way of life in America
This refugee ministry has done so much for our community. Not only does it provide opportunities for the large population of refugees here in San Diego, but it also gives community, fellowship, and friendships that become like family.
I have seen the culture of the church which runs this organization change over the decades, including the development of this wonderful ministry. Their work not only helps the recipients, but also those who serve. Good souls, tireless and open-hearted. I'm proud to see what they are accomplishing to better the lives of others, and to breathe life and bring hope into the community.
I have worked with Friendships for Hope as a bus driver for the refugees for various occasions and also in the community services center helping hand out food and clothing and assisting at the semiannual rummage sales. Friendships for Hope is a great asset to the community. They help refugees learn English, find jobs, and are there to help the refugees in other times of need.
The Friendship for Hope ministry has played s helpful role in helping me and my family adapt quickly to life here in America. Through the program we have received food, education and even volunteering opportunities. Most importantly, the program has helped us feel welcomed and cared for by the community around us. To me personally, Friendship for Hope has helped me in improving my social relationships with others by giving me the opportunity to volunteer at the paradise valley thrift store. Friendship for Hope to me, is more than just an organization. It is my second family, and no words can explain the impact that Friendship for Hope has had on my life and my transition from my homeland Africa to America.
"Friendships For Hope" is a fantastic organization. Pastor Will and his congregation members always come when we call them and they all work together to pick up our donation. They are so efficient and leave the site tidy. More amazing is the amount of needy people they help in our city by using our donation to support the less fortunate homeless and refugees. They repair and resell items in their thrift store to feed the hungry. They give the "needy" items they need ... clothing, household items and food. It's amazing to review all the services they provide to those less fortunate in San Diego! They teach refugees English so they have the tools they need to be more successful in our community. Their efforts in 2016 resulted in close to $1 Million dollars of goods given. We will always contribute to Friendships For Hope and are so proud to be associated with them! They are an amazing group of caring volunteers!
I have been involved with this program from the beginning and find it to be a very important part in assimilating refugees. This program not only teaches them English but also aids them in finding jobs. The refugees are surrounded by caring individuals who spend many hours taking them to appointments, filling out paperwork, and providing food and clothing.
My family and I came to the US after a thorny journey in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since 2010, we live in California. We spoke French and Kiswahili. The English language was unknown to us for our integration. Fortunately for us we met Pastor James Will and his wife Pegguy Will who unconditionally welcomed us into their language school and my wife and I and had learned English.
Following this learning, we communicate and write without difficulty and this allowed us to look for work.
We are grateful to all those who have contributed to our development with the support of our Adventist brothers who care for the refugees.
This is one of the best grass roots non-profit entities I have come across. They provide so many useful services to the recipients and make every effort to help them get on their feet and established. I am especially impressed with the wide spectrum of cultures that they deal with and provide resources for. I can't imagine the San Diego area without their presence.
As a former refugee and immigrant, I am so pleased to see an Adventist Church engaged in helping people--people like me and my family long ago. Having visited several times, I've seen firsthand how much of a difference Friendships for Hope for so many, like giving them a start in their life in the U.S., something which my family needed. I wish more organizations and churches would use this program as their model! Dr. Lilya Wagner
A wonderful program that helps refugees from all backgrounds not only learn English but get integrated into the community. When volunteering, one does not simply feel like they are with colleagues, but rather with a community family.
Love and respect flourish here. It's been so rewarding to watch refugees learn and grow and become independent, several becoming U.S. citizens.
Excellent, free ESL teaching provided in a friendly atmosphere ... but they go beyond this to address individual problems and help new refugees settle into their new community. These folks do great work!
Began working with them developing a step-by-step guidebook for use by other organizations and churches wishing to begin similar work with refugees arriving in the US.
ESL classes offered 5 days a week free of charge to the incoming refugees. I love the family feel shared with each individual