Every month, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services features a client dedicated to improving their own life through education and support.
Viktoriya - February 2018
Five years ago, Viktoriya Kuksa learned of Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ (SFBFS) Parent Education program through a family member. Intrigued as a young stay-at-home mother, she started attending the classes.
Parent Education offers free classes to new mothers and fathers, navigating them through their parenting journey. Taught by SFBFS’ volunteers, classes emphasize topics about nurturing little ones such as newborn health, car seat safety and potty training. However, classes also include topics like budgeting, self-care and stress management. For every class attended, parents earn credits which they can exchange for baby supplies including diapers, baby clothing, food and toys. In 2017-18, Parent Education received 9,171 visits to parenting workshops and led 451 parenting classes.
Viktoriya has three children: Juliana, age 4, Inessa, age 2 and Karina, 6 months old. Sometimes it can be a challenge to bring all of them with her while she is attending the classes. Thankfully, her sister accompanies her to help watch the girls as Viktoriya attends classes. Throughout all of these years, Viktoriya still enjoys going to Parent Education classes because she constantly learns something new and applies those lessons while raising her girls.
Viktoriya is known for her inquisitive nature and constant willingness to lend a helping hand. “She attends classes regularly and participates on a regular basis,” says Gabriela Lopez, SFBFS Parent Education Program Manager. “She is always patient and willing to help in whatever we need…willing to help set-up or clean up classes. [She is a] very confident mom. Always willing to help others, staff and parents included.” When Viktoriya is not attending classes, she enjoys cooking, singing and playing guitar.
SFBFS aims to help move those toward self-sufficiency and financial independence through the Parent Education program. There may be no manual for parenting, but these classes help guide individuals to be the best they can be for themselves and their children.
If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved with SFBFS’ Parent Education program, please call (916) 456-1980 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to check out SFBFS’ Web site to learn about our 15 programs and services.
- December 2017 - Naweed (Refugee Resettlement)
- November 2017 - Frances (Health & Nutrition)
- October 2017 - Lida (Immigration Legal Services)
- September 2017 - Van Family (No Student Left Hungry)
- August 2017 - Layla and Javon Wallace (Youth Education)
- July 2017 - Dorian (Food for Seniors)
- June 2017 - Nancy Cano (Parent Education)
- May 2017 - Christ Chapel (Partner Agency Network)
- April 2017 - Wazir (Adult Education)
- March 2017 - Mahari Family (Produce For All)
- February 2017 - Glenn (Clothing)
- January 2017 - Kristy (CalFresh)