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June 2022
Student Story
Building New Relationships with Raymond
Raymond is approaching his one-year anniversary of moving to the United States, but that milestone isn’t as celebratory for him as it might be for most. Raymond loved his life in Haiti- he was the Director of Operations at Haiti Share, an organization that creates and funds education programs for Haitian children and young adults. Though he stayed and helped through several years of political turmoil, he fled in July of 2021 after the president was assassinated and he saw his own country “turn to chaos.” 

Shortly after he arrived, a new friend recommended to Raymond that he take classes at LVGH. “They will teach you to speak English like a native,” he told Raymond, which is exactly what Raymond wanted to accomplish. He began here in the Food Service Job Training Program. Aside from learning new culinary skills and earning his ServSafe certificate, Raymond says the kitchen was a great place to improve his conversational English. He completed the program and decided to join our literacy classes next.

Everything Raymond does here at LVGH, he is soaking up new ideas and new information to bring to his work in Haiti. “I came here to organize myself, get better, learn more, and return when it’s safe so I can continue to serve the people there,” Raymond says. “From your class structure and organization, to your computer lab- these are things I hope to replicate for my educational programs in Haiti.”

While Raymond is here, he has improved his English greatly and even found a way to continue his humanitarian work in the U.S. He met with Levo International, LVGH’s upstairs neighbors who actually have several ongoing food insecurity and earthquake recovery projects in Haiti. He’s helping them to translate with their partners back in his home country. We’re so proud of Raymond for his continued efforts towards self-improvement and for always giving back.

Celebrating You!
Volunteer Appreciation Reception

This month, LVGH was able to welcome you all back for our first in-person Volunteer Appreciation Reception since 2019! We honored tutors celebrating milestones from 5 all the way through 30 years volunteering with us.

We also heard our student, Ousmane, give an incredible speech about how LVGH and its tutors have changed his life.

Thank you to Hartford Flavor Company for hosting us and to everyone who came out to join us for this special night!

Introducing our Newest Team Member
Meet Christina

Christina is our Assistant Director. She assists with the Career Pathways Program and grant writing. Christina previously worked in public and academic libraries, where she discovered that although she is an introvert, she loves meeting new people (in addition to her love of books). Christina attended UCONN where she developed a passion for Latino Studies and Creative Writing. She volunteered at Second Chance Educational Alliance Inc. where she taught History, Spanish and Sci-Fi and Fantasy Literature to individuals at MacDougal Walker Correctional Facility. During the summer, Christina works as a pet sitter to all sorts of animals. Outside of work, Christina loves watching movies with her cat (Charli), playing video games with friends and going shopping with her grandma.
June 2022
Student Successes

Phyllis, who is a Career Pathways student in our Food Service Job Training program, passed her ServSafe test to become a Certified Food Handler. Congratulations, Phyllis!

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