The Center recently received a grant from Provena to provide health education classes for our clients. Because this project necessitates simultaneous translation, we are having two semesters of classes. This semester - which started in September and runs through mid-November - targets our Congolese clients, who primarily speak French; and next semester will target our Hispanic, Spanish-speaking clients. In these classes, they are learning how to make healthy food and activity choices for themselves and their families. (The picture to the left shows our Fall 2012 participants making pumpkin bread!) The program is a great success, thanks to collaborations with St. Matthew's Lutheran Church (which is providing a space, a cooking class, and gardening activities for the older children), and Amy Ali with the Extensive Food Nutrition Education Program (who provides much of the lessons for the parents). We also have received support from Dr. Kohler at Francis Nelson Health Clinic, Julie Pryde at Public Health, and consulting from Debbie McDermott, formerly with Even Start. We are deeply grateful for all of the wonderful people who are making this program a success for the immigrants and refugees in our community!
Stay tuned for further updates on Center activities!
As always, thank you for your thoughtful support!