We were delighted to host 72 community members, including staff, focus groups, and parents, at the Closing Ceremony of 2023. This gathering allowed us to celebrate the remarkable achievements we collectively made throughout the year. Marking the 9th Annual celebration of Falis Community Services, we honored individuals who exhibited exceptional passion and dedication, particularly those who volunteered their time amidst the significant challenges post-COVID-19. As a united team, we surpassed our goals and expectations.
The festivities included enjoying local cuisine, expressing gratitude towards one another, and engaging in games and dancing—an experience we’ll fondly look back on. We’ve come a long way, achieving the highest youth enrollment since 2018. As we move into 2024, we anticipate continuing this journey together, building on the progress we’ve made over the past 12 months.
Throughout 2023, we achieved notable successes across various programs. The increase in youth enrollment and parent participation, with 323 youth and 183 parents respectively, marked a significant milestone. Furthermore, 33 honor students or running start students obtained their first driver’s licenses with FCS support. A total of 587 community members received assistance, 76 engaged in training and workshops, summing up to 1285 community members served. We look forward to continuing our services if the funding permits.
We extend our heartfelt appreciation to our sponsors and funders for enabling us to serve the community. Looking ahead to 2024, FCS is committed to making small policy changes in education and housing programs, addressing the needs of our immigrant and refugee communities. Our focus will include providing Racial Equity and Justice training for all stakeholders, alongside mental health training for both youth and the elderly. Educational initiatives, such as Healthy Eating Classes and Youth Leadership & Mentoring, will continue, along with established and effective programs like the Community Engagement Gathering.
Our ongoing programs for 2024 encompass Citizenship Classes, support for legal and immigration-related fees, health and wellness initiatives, assistance for sports activities across all age groups, women’s programs, youth programs, youth sports teams for both boys and girls, and an Onsite Screening and Counseling program. Leadership training programs which will specifically emphasize and focus on developing youth leadership skills.
While we eagerly anticipate the year ahead, some programs remain pending, including the Women Walking Club, initiatives for seniors and disabled individuals, and scholarship programs. Regrettably, we have had to eliminate the COVID-19 and Welcoming Afghan Refugee programs from our list.
We thank everyone for their continuous support, and we look forward to another year of making a positive impact on our community.