I am a single mom of eight children. After leaving Somalia in 2000 to escape the civil war, I lived in refugee camps in three countries before I was admitted to the United States under refugee status in 2008. When we moved into the Oakridge Neighborhood, I felt like I was home. I met people with similar backgrounds, and the Oakridge staff supported and inspired me to do more with my life. Through the Oakridge workforce readiness program, I gained full-time employment with a livable income, bettered my education, improved my English, and completed financial literacy training to manage my finances and be self-sufficient. I look forward to becoming a citizen and having all of my children live with me when they arrive from Kenya. I have come so far because of Oakridge Neighborhood.
Sadiya: Hope Initiative