As refugee children adjust to life in the US, they face daunting challenges academically. During their first years in the U.S., the children must learn English and adapt to a new environment. Additionally, many children have gaps in their education due to violence and dislocation which sets them behind their peers in school. At FHF, our desire is to partner with these students, along with their families and teachers, to provide the support needed to improve academic performance. Through our after-school program, we have seen our students’ grades significantly increase in as little as three months.
Adult Computer Class
We provide flexible computer classes with courses ranging from entry level to advance in the following programs:
- Computer readiness
- Introduction to personal computers
- Basic – intermediate internet & e-mail
- Productivity software including
Youth Development Program
FHF youth development program provides the broad developmental support necessary for our refugee students as they complete school and find viable employment. This support includes caring relationships, safe places and activities, physical and mental guidance, service and civic opportunities and spiritual foundations. Rather than focusing on negative indicators such as teenage pregnancy or high-school dropout rates, our approach focuses on fostering our refugee students to help them achieve positive outcomes in their lives.
We provide these programs to refugee, immigrant, and at-risk children free of charge. Throughout our summer program, children participate in:
- Technology camp
- Academic camp
- Sports camp
- Community interaction
- Team building
English-as-a-Second Language and Citizenship Preparation Classes
We offer English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) classes to learners of age 16 years and above. Classes are available on a hybrid schedule – in-person and online. Participants learn conversational English and proper grammar. Learners pay a minimal fee for books and workbooks. Instruction is free.
Morning classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 10:30AM to 12PM in Clarkston.
Virtual classes are held on Wednesdays for beginners, and Fridays for intermediate and advanced learners.
Citizenship Preparation classes are also offered in-person and online. The citizenship class is for students with intermediate to advanced English skills. In each session, participants practice the 100 civics questions and answers for the naturalization test. They also learn the basics of American history and government in small groups. Participants support and encourage one another on their path to citizenship. Instruction and materials are free of charge.
Morning classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 9:30AM to 10:30AM in Clarkston.
Virtual classes are held on Thursday evenings.
To apply for ESL and/or Citizenship Classes, please click here to fill out a registration form: https://www.cognitoforms.com/FamilyHeritageFoundation/ESLAndCitizenshipClassRegistration
To sponsor our ESL and/or Citizenship Preparation program, please click here and select “Adult Literacy” in the donation category.
Through our Homelessness Prevention Program, we provide economic support to individuals and families who have been identified as at-risk for homelessness. The goal is for families and individuals to be able to afford housing expenses on a long-term basis. Economic support consists of:
- Rental and utilities assistance for up to three months.
- Case management to promote economic growth and sustainability.
- Free after school childcare with an emphasis on academics.
- Food pantry with free access to food, diapers and essential supplies
To apply for housing assistance, please click here to fill out an Interest Form: https://www.cognitoforms.com/FamilyHeritageFoundation/FinancialAssistanceInterestForm
To make a donation, please click here and select “Homelessness Prevention” in the donation category.
Food Program and Diaper Bank
We provide a week’s worth of groceries and essential household supplies once a month. Items are also available on demand, depending on availability. Clients can pick up from our food pantry or request for deliveries. Diapers are also provided.
To apply for food and/or diapers, please click here to fill out the Food Pantry InTake Form: https://www.cognitoforms.com/FamilyHeritageFoundation/InTakeFormForFoodPantryAndDiaperBank