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.
"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