Alpha: Thank you for your support!
Posted by soriasoria on May 6, 2010
It’s May 4th and Tuesdays Together is stronger then ever! Forty neighbors from the Wheaton area gathered for two hours for: mutual support and an ESOL class. We had staff from IMPACT join us to support the group — thank you Frankie, Katie, Alix and Ira.
We began with our usual introduction circle — everyone shares their name, where they live and one good thing that happened to them during the week. We know times are tough, but believe me if you think hard enough we can find good things happening every day. This time the great surprise was for our friend Alpha who had received news that he had passed his GED! We were glad to celebrate his hard work and Alix baked a delicious cake and we all signed a card expressing our support to Alpha in his accomplishments and future life. He was very excited to share his success with the group and thanked everyone for their support over the past few months while he studied.
Once we finished celebrating, we divided the group and the ESOL students went off to teach each other. Our neighbors that came for first time to Tuesdays Together started the mutual support circle.
Paula from the Latino Economic Development Corporation and Faye from Catholic Charities joined us as resources partners that night to explain the different programs and resources they have available for our neighbors, from micro loans to parenting classes.
During mutual support, Frankie used her time to remind everyone that Impact is moving to downtown Silver Spring where Hollywood Videos used to be and invited everyone to help us move to our new location. Many neighbors like Milton and his wife Sonia agreed to help us move, thank you very much in advance.
Katie was a great time keeper, and managed our time effectively!
Ira reminded the group about an idea from last week — starting cooking classes. Sonia, Ana, Maria, Carmen and Leticia all expressed interest in starting a small cooking group and he will be following up with them during the week to see what a good first step could be.
We reminded everyone that at our May 18th Tuesday Together we will be having lawyers participating in our mutual support talking about very important immigration topics.
See you next Tuesday and by the way how will you help a neighbor this week?