Lida - October 2017

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Lida first heard of Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) when she was in Afghanistan, her home country. As a refugee, her family’s case was assigned to SFBFS for resettlement services. “I remember my spouse telling me that he visited SFBFS’ Web site and noticed that you offered several amazing services in addition to resettlement services.”

Prior to their arrival, SFBFS secured a fully furnished apartment with donated household items and other furniture for Lida and her family. Once in Sacramento, SFBFS staff connected them with other services available to the public, including SFBFS’ Immigration Legal Services (ILS). SFBFS' onsite staff attorney, BIA Accredited Representative and paralegal offer services ranging from consultations to assistance with green card and visa applications to full legal representation. Lida asked SFBFS’ Immigration Legal Services team to help her reconnect with her brother. “(ILS) worked on a visa application for my brother and finally he was able to come to Sacramento which was the biggest dream in my life.”

Now that her brother is in Sacramento, she has encouraged him to sign up for SFBFS many programs and services including ESL classes and help searching for a job. Lida says her family is grateful for SFBFS, “If (SFBFS) would not support my family in the hardest times of our lives, as fortunately they did, I can tell you that I would not be living in this country.”

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