Every month, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services features a client dedicated to improving their own life through education and support.
Erisan - October 2016
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) sees 130,000 individuals come through our doors every month through one of our eight food bank services and an additional 5,000 per month through our seven family services. We are often proud to of individuals who come in seeking assistance with immediate needs like food or clothing for themselves or loved ones and then ultimately leave with an updated resume and potentially a new job. The ability to see someone come full circle through our programs is incredibly inspiring.
Not many SFBFS success stories can match that of a young lady name Erisan. At just 18 years old, Erisan serves as a mentor for SFBFS’ Clubhouse network. What makes this especially unique is that Erisan herself, just a few short years ago, used to be a participant in SFBFS’ Clubhouse network. In fact, Erisan began coming to SFBFS at just three years old. Back then, her mother was taking advantage of the free English as a Second Language classes and Clothing program offered at SFBFS. While her mother was in class, Erisan would be dropped off at SFBFS’ Playcare Academy for playtime, reading circles, sing-alongs and more.
Many years went by and Erisan would again find herself back at SFBFS enrolled in The Clubhouse. According to Erisan, “Before The Clubhouse, I really only played video games online. I didn’t really have an interest in technology at all.
Then I learned about Photoshop, Premier Pro and other programs that really launched my passion for technology.” Students in The Clubhouse are exposed to so many wonderful opportunities like hearing from guest speakers about technology careers, field trips to see skills in action in the real world and leadership and confidence building. A defining moment in Erisan’s time with The Clubhouse was when she was afforded the opportunity to go to Boston for a week to attend the Teen Summit. Once every two years, The Clubhouse coordinators choose one to three teens to attend the Summit to build their skills. Outside of this being a great educational opportunity for Erisan, it was also her first time on an airplane! “I was able to attend the Documenting An Event
track at the Summit. It was really cool. I made a documentary of interviews about other attendees of the summit and what the event meant to them,” share Erisan.
After moving on from The Clubhouse, Erisan says, “I felt weird about leaving SFBFS and wanted to give back as a way to say thank you for all the ways they had influenced me.” Erisan now volunteers one to two times per week at The Clubhouse and assists students with documenting, e-textiles, robotics and more. “I love doing lessons with the students,” explains Erisan. “I know a lot of students have a hard time finding a balance between school and finding time to explore their own personal interests. The homework load is really large for many students and it hinders them from learning about the things they are really interested.”
Erisan is currently attending Sacramento City College to complete her general education requirements and has plans to attend Humboldt University to major in Spanish.
Click on a link below to read archived Client Spotlights:
October 2016 - Erisan (Youth Education)
September 2016 - Alcaraz-Diaz Family (Health & Nutrition)
August 2016 - Mehry Family (Refugee Resettlement)
July 2016 - Megan and Zaire (Parent Education)
June 2016 - Rosalyn (SMUD)
May 2016 - Nathan (Adult Education)
April 2016 - Target Excellence (Food Access)
March 2016 - Carmen (Clothing program)
February 2016 - Ramona (Holiday Recap)
January 2016 - Frankie Rumsey (CalFresh Outreach)
December 2015 - Montoya Green (Parent Education)
November 2015 - Latdavanh Reyes (Adult Education)
October 2015 - Jamie Monroe (Adult Education)
September 2015 - Heart for the Hungry (Partner Agency)
August 2015 - Samaya Ridgeway (Youth Education)
July 2015 - Nematullah Sarvary (Refugee Resettlement)
June 2015 - Denise Ford (Demonstration Garden)
May 2015 - Joanne Fleming (Clothing)
March 2015 - Adriana Santoyo (Youth Education)
February 2015 - Inna Kushnirchuk (Parent Ed)
January 2015 - Ebenezer Christian Church (Partner Agency)
December 2014 - Mercy Housing (Partner Agency)
November 2014 - Kenneth Holder (Food Access)
September 2014 - Yvonne Davis (Senior)
August 2014 - Rahimi Family (Youth Education)
July 2014 - Kevin Wiley (Parent Education)
June 2014 - Krash Munoz (Youth Education)
May 2014 - Virgina Saucedo (Adult Education)
April 2014 - Sherrie Kelley (Demonstration Garden)
March 2014 - Theodore Williams (Food Access)
February 2014 - Maria Perez (Parent Education)
January 2014 - Francine Murchinson (Clothing)