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In Their Own Words: Vahab, Iranian Refugee from Turkey

When I first came to America one year ago I went to summer school, but I missed too many days. I began school at Englewood High School, but I didn’t feel welcome and I began missing days there too. Catholic Charities Jacksonville helped me enroll at Foundations Academy. There they welcomed me and helped me catch up in all of my classes. I loved school there. I also joined Evans Rowing Team. There I was able to exercise after school with my team, in a competitive environment. I was even honored by my coach when he gave me the team spirit and potential award. With the help from my Catholic Charities Jacksonville caseworker, I also secured a job working as a counselor in training for the YMCA. I am happy now and looking forward to next year when school starts again and I can row in many races. I love math and I want to study engineering in college.

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