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September 2021
Student Story
Joel's Move to America

Joel moved to the United States in March of 2021, after a long process obtaining the K1 fiancé visa with his now-wife, Mari. “We were separated for more than a year thanks to the pandemic closing all embassies and immigration centers,” he tells us. “Once we finally were able to get an interview, we came to the US.” Joel found out about LVGH through social media and began taking classes with us online shortly after he arrived. “I am studying English because I want to better myself and because of course, I am in a country where it is needed,” he explains. “My goal is to start my life over again and create something out of it in a land of so many opportunities.” 

Joel says he likes taking classes online because they feel more personal than a classroom and work better with his schedule. When asked how LVGH has helped his transition, he says: “These are good people trying to help immigrants. It has been a great way to see generosity of those in a country that has welcomed us in.” And as for what’s next? “We have a long and expensive way to go to get permanent residency, but I am very excited to become a citizen one day.” 

We’re excited for Joel, too, and we look forward to helping him along the way. 

Introducing Our Development Officer
  Welcome Diane to LVGH

This past month, we were very excited to welcome Diane to the LVGH team as our new Development Officer. Diane will manage all fundraising efforts to support LVGH’s mission and its programs. She first joined LVGH as a volunteer ESOL tutor in 2018. Like so many of our tutors, Diane believes she has gained much more in experience and inspiration from her hard-working students than she could ever provide during their weekly classes.

Diane is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. When not at LVGH, you will find her reading, taking long walks or attempting to tame her backyard garden. She loves spending time with her family, traveling and cheering on the Hartford Yard Goats.
Support LVGH's Upcoming Auction
Donations Needed for Virtual Auction


Join us for LVGH’s Virtual Auction: November 28th- December 3rd!

This year's theme “Facing the Future” honors our hard-working students who strive every day to create a better future for themselves and their families. Throughout the last eighteen months, they have pursued their literacy goals with hope and determination while managing many challenges, including limited access to technology and increased work and family demands brought on by the pandemic.  All proceeds from LVGH’s virtual auction will directly benefit our students and programs.

There are three ways to get involved: 

1. Become a sponsor:  In return for your generous $250 donation, we will highlight your company’s commitment to literacy on our social media pages and auction website in the days leading up to and during the auction.  Your business logo and message will reach over 1,000 loyal followers and supporters of LVGH.

2. Donate a themed basket to the auction:  We are seeking donations of gifts-to-go baskets or gift boxes with themes such as Family Game Night, Coffee or Tea Lover’s, Snow Day S’mores, Baker’s Holiday, etc.  This is your chance to get creative and have some fun, all in support of LVGH!

3. Participate as a bidder:  This virtual auction is sure to provide some great holiday gift shopping ideas, all available from the comfort of your home! Best of all, every purchase will benefit the students and programs of LVGH.  Stay tuned for registration information coming in next month’s newsletter.

Please contact Diane Klingman in the development office to make arrangements for your donation or with any questions.   

September 2021
Student Successes

(Left) Shawn passed his ServSafe test with flying colors, earning a 97% to renew his Food Handler Certification. Congrats, Shawn!
(Center) Hector and Rosaida, who are Food Service Job Training students as well as husband and wife, both passed their Food Handler tests yesterday to become ServSafe certified. Congrats, you two!
Ashley has been taking citizenship classes and studying hard since 2019 and last week, she passed her civics test to officially become a U.S. citizen! We're so proud of you, Ashley, and congratulations!
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