testimonies

We love sharing the stories of Fort Bend Hope. Below you will find some of the stories of our families and volunteers.

Iris and kenny

What has been your experience with Fort Bend Hope?
Iris: My experience has been a great one, even a marvelous one. My son, Kenny, has been in after school mentoring for two months and I have seen lots of positive changes in him.
What changes have you seen in your family’s life?
Iris: I’ve seen a lot, Kenny’s attitude is more positive in school. He is more interested in reading and is more open to talking to the teacher and with those around him. After school mentoring has helped him academically and socially.


clara and eve

What has your experience at Fort Bend Hope been like for you and your family?

Eve: The classes are great and I learn something new every time. One thing I like is that every student gets individual attention. When someone doesn’t understand something, the instructors explain things in a detailed manner and I like that.

Clara: The classes have been very useful to me. I’ve learned a lot and they have helped me. I used to be cooped up in my house but now I come to classes three days a week and my family comes to ESL too. My son, Santos, is a volunteer and my son, Carlos, comes to be with the other children during ESL class. During the classes the instructors explain things well and give plenty of examples. I like coming to the classes.


What changes have you seen in the life of your family?

Clara: Santos and Carlos come to Fort Bend Hope too and they are happy. The ESL classes have helped my husband too. I am very grateful that all the instructors have a lot of patience.

Eve: I feel comfortable here and there is fellowship and humility between the students, volunteers and the director. I am glad that everyone supports us.   

thomas mcphail ubaldo

What is your previous experience with volunteering? How did you become interested in volunteering?

I started an immigration clinic in Indiana so I’ve been helping people become citizens for a little while now. I started volunteering because it was a need in my immediate community at the time and I felt led to do it because I studied the Bible and majored in Biblical studies. The Bible clearly says that we should love our neighbors and that we should treat them as our own and to not abuse them.


How did you decide to volunteer in your current position at Fort Bend Hope?

I had been volunteering since the beginning of the building opening. I was helping with ESL classes and I knew that a citizenship class was a possibility soon. Several ESL students expressed interest in starting a citizenship class, so we started.


What have you learned through volunteering so far?

I am impressed by the people I work with the more I hear about their life stories, the more I see how hard they work to better themselves. Students come to class even after a full day of work and they give their best efforts. I am reminded of how people have different levels of access to education and I see a need to have programs in people’s first language so that they can further their education in their first language.