by Anna Garlington
When Sabrina, a native of Honduras, and her daughter, Luna, arrived in Knoxville, they moved from another state; so they were not new to the US. However, they felt unsure how they would fit in and how Luna would make new friends and adapt to a new school.
For Sabrina, she wanted classes to improve her English and to also find some work.
Through an encounter with a lady taking a walk in their apartment complex, Sabrina heard about the ELL classes at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church and she eagerly began attending last year. Making friends was easy, and soon she felt part of the community.
She also began attending the ELL Community Sunday School class at the church, and was eager to join a Hispanic Bible study.
One day, Sabrina shared that she was looking for some work, and a KIN volunteer was delighted to connect her with a part-time position caring for an elderly woman. The opportunity was a perfect fit for her skills, desires and needs: the position requested that the employee speak Spanish, the hours were during school hours, so she could still manage Luna's school transportation, and taking care of an elderly woman was something Sabrina enjoyed greatly.
As for Luna, well, she auditioned for a part in a children’s theater, and was chosen to be Goldilocks in a production that showcased how talented this 11-year-old is! She loves acting, as well as being part of the children’s ministry at church. She is thriving and making plenty of friends.
Welcome to Knoxville, Sabrina and Luna! We're glad you're here and that your ELL program and KIN could help you find just the right connections in your new home.
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