Shared by Yelena at the 2015 JF&CS Gala

At this year’s Gala celebrating our 150th anniversary, we heard from Yelena, a JF&CS client who shared how the agency helped change her life.

Fear. Loneliness. Uncertainty. Anxiety. Panic. Dread.

These are just some of the feelings I experienced when I first came to America 10 years ago as a woman from the Ukraine seeking political asylum.

When I arrived in this country, I had nothing, except my three-year old little boy. I had no documents, no status, no home. I was a nobody from nowhere. I didn't speak English and I was completely unfamiliar with the culture here.

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