SFS Frontend Slides
Honorees of Oceanleaf Awards 2015
Recognizing instrumental individuals in our midst.
LION Youth performing @ Oceanleaf 2015
Dhaanto is one of the best traditional dances of Somali people!
The first and only bilingual (Somali & English) newsletter in California!
Day to Dream @ 2015
Youth exploring one of their future colleges!
Day of Dignity November 04, 2014
SFS Staff and Volunteers feeding to those who are less fortunate in our community!
Ahmed Sahid, President/CEO of Somali Family Service, welcomed the crowd. About 400 people attended throughout the beautiful sunny day. The Health Fair kicked off with a 2K fun neighborhood walk promoting senior fitness and refugee awareness.
One of the elected officials who spoke on behalf of refugees was Mayor Jerry Sanders.
Congresswoman Susan Davis greeted the audience.
Councilmember Todd Gloria spoke in support of refugees.
Salvatore Giametta from County Supervisor Ron Roberts' office also addressed the audience.
Karma Bass of Alliance Healthcare Foundation was the keynote speaker. She noted that refugees suffer disproportionately from high rates of unemployment, poverty and health challenges and suggested we work together to create brighter futures.
Other important speakers from the community included Barbara Jimenez from First 5 San Diego, Bob Montgomery of International Rescue Committee, Ralph Achenbach of The San Diego Refugee Forum, and Diana Ross of Mid-City CAN. The emcee was SFS Board Member Abdi Mohamoud.
Between the East African Youth Organization performing traditional dances, hearing from local poets and a DJ, the audience was entertained. Media coverage was by Channel 10, KUSI and others.
More than 20 agencies participated in what was truly a community event.The Health Fair was organized by the SFS Board, a planning committee including Kristen Nelson, LISC Americorps volunteer, and community volunteers.