Update – April 3
We had a lovely visit last Saturday. It was the first visit for several of our mentors so introductions were made and it was a chance for all of us to get to know each other better. The mentors visiting this day were Nancy Androff, Lisa Stratton and her son Henry, and myself.
Kathryn Schneider & I visited Sado and family for the first time last week. It was a short, but good visit. We brought post-it notes and wrote English words for different things….like couch, floor, curtain…..lots of things in the living room. I asked them to write the word in their language on the post-it note, too, and then I’d try to pronounce it…. I wasn’t very good at it and that led to lots of laughter and brought other members of the family into the living room so all, except Sado’s sister, were with us…..very interactive and fun! I found out in their language the noun comes first, followed by an adjective….We would say “large rug”; they would say “roog wayn”. Many of their words have double vowels: alwaax (floor), laambad (lamp), boorso (purse), daah (curtain), salaama (good bye) and soo nogo (come back). Next time we thought we’d work on body parts: arm, leg, hair, etc.
We plan to visit them for an hour or so on Thursdays.
Update – March
We have a match! Our mentor team will be meeting them this week!
Here’s a letter from Lutheran Social Services about our match:
Update February 14
- Wait for the 120 day hold to expire, then see if there is a family that is placed in the Twin Cities whom we can sponsor. The wait might be longer than 4 months. There is much uncertainty, but waiting would allow us the full experience of meeting the family at the airport, setting up their apartment, etc.
- Sponsor a family that recently settled here, and is in need of help. LSS has placed several families in recent months, and it may be possible to match with a Somali family as had been expressed as a preferred option by LeeAnne. The family may be underway in acclimating to the US, but still in need of assistance.