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From Struggle to Success: How Your Support Transformed a Refugee Family's Back-to-School Journey

Two years ago, Laila, a widow and single mother of five, fled Afghanistan for the US seeking safety and a new life. Despite her limited English and fourth grade education, she has worked tirelessly to support her family and ensure a better future for her children. JFS Silicon Valley has been by Laila’s side helping her navigate her new community as she rebuilds their lives.

Upon arriving in San Jose, Laila needed to enroll her children into elementary and middle school but was overwhelmed by the process and the language barrier. Her JFS Silicon Valley case manager provided invaluable assistance helping Laila navigate the enrollment process for all five children.

Arriving with very few belongings, the children needed school supplies, clothes and shoes required by each school. Thanks to the generous contributions from donors like you, JFS Silicon Valley provided each child with a backpack filled with grade appropriate supplies, as well as Target gift cards for new school shoes and clothing. A JFS Silicon Valley volunteer drove Laila and her children to Target and helped them pick out the necessary items.

Our Equipped to Learn Back-to-School program is dedicated to ensuring that every child, regardless of their background or circumstances, has the tools they need to thrive academically.  Today, Laila’s kids are succeeding in school, and Laila hopes that she can one day go to college and become a nurse.This family’s story is just one example of the profound impact that community support can have on those in need.

We invite you to join us in supporting families like Laila’s. Your donations make a significant difference, helping to equip students with the essentials they need for the 2024-2025 school year and alleviating the financial burden on parents who are struggling to make ends meet.

Equip a student to learn now, and together, we can ensure a community where all students can learn and thrive!

All Saints Episcopal Church

Congregation Beth Am

Congregation Beth David

Congregation Shir Hadash

Congregation Sinai

Jewish Silicon Valley, APJCC

St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Temple Beth Torah

Temple Emanu-El

The Villages Jewish Group

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints*

-Menlo Park

-S. San Jose Stake

-Saratoga Stake


*Please reach out to your specific stake for details on how to participate in ETL

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