We are so grateful for all of your support and generous donations! You make it possible for us to continue providing this important service to the refugee and immigrant community in Denver. Summer has been great! We have been hard at work with classes and workshops. Of course, we have had a little fun too with BBQs and community events.
To date, we have provided four 9-week financial literacy classes to refugees and immigrants from 13 different countries. It is wonderful to watch this community grow and build relationships with one another. The majority of our students now have checking accounts as several women asked their husbands to open joint accounts. We also discussed the importance of becoming or naming beneficiaries for all financial accounts. All of our participants set financial goals and began using budget planning to open savings accounts for the future or to prepare for financial shocks that may occur. We have been really developing our online banking workshops and have been teaching and helping refugees set up their online accounts and bill pay options. This will save them time and money over the year as they no longer will need to travel to the local market to pay their bills. We have also provided a few workshops with partners Hope Communities and Mercy Housing. The workshops have been focused on understanding credit cards and how to prepare a budget.
One of the greatest aspects this year has been to meet new students and learn more about their stories. Neela, from Burma has been an extraordinary asset to us. She received an Economics degree prior to coming to the U.S. Her husband is currently serving active duty in the U.S. military and she has an 8-month old baby. She has attended our workshops and served as translator. Because she speaks several of the Burmese languages, she is able to bridge the language gap for many of our students. This is an immense benefit to our workshop participants. Watching refugees help each other and share experiences and knowledge is a privilege. I am so proud and thankful for all of our Teach By Tech students.
Thank you again for all you do to make Teach By Tech successful and available to refugees and immigrants in our community!
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