Kadora Khalek Morgan recently passed her citizenship test. She is grateful for the friendship and support of RefugeeNet, and she hopes that her children may be able to join her someday. U.S. law requires refugees to become permanent residents one year after arriving. Our staff help refugees apply for legal permanent residency. Volunteers like Cindy Schuricht work one-to-one on English skills. She shares her experience here:
“I helped Kadora learn English in preparation for the exam. Kadora could answer the test questions, but if I varied the wording, she didn’t know the answer. I tried to make sure she wasn’t just memorizing, but really understood, by bringing in maps, photos of the people she needed to know, asking her to put events in sequence, and using graphic organizers.
When she had location words, we took a walk around the block and made a map of what we saw. I took her to the zoo where she located animals she wanted to see on the map. It was fun to see how much she enjoyed the animals from Africa. Then I asked her which direction we should go. We had a great time, but I can’t claim she knows how to read a map.
It’s been an adventure and I feel like we fly by the seat of our pants, trying to build on what she’s learning in her formal English classes. She knows a lot of names for objects and now I’m seeing her improve in grammatical construction, but she still second-guesses herself. So the goal now is for her to trust herself. And bit-by-bit, I learn from her where some of the stumbling blocks are and how I can better help.” +
Bishop Susan Brown Snook visited the joyful congregation of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in North Park on Sunday, October 17, 2021 to celebrate the church’s return to parish status in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego. The Revs. Laurel and Colin Mathewson’s leadership over the last five years has grown St. Luke’s into a bustling community. With […]
This is the first in a series of regular updates from our Diocesan Migration Missioner, Troy Elder, who can be reached at email@example.com. For further information about the Migration (formerly Border) Missioner position, please visit https://edsd.org/news/edsd-to-add-new-border-missioner. Missions, Fields, and Borders Orthodoxy and history suggest that Protestant mission involves a Christian protagonist crossing an […]
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego has been committed to loving God and our neighbors through public health policies that help ensure healthy practices within our diocese. Now that the Pfizer vaccination has been fully approved by the FDA, EDSD’s Executive Council met on Saturday, August 28, 2021, and approved a […]