Farhan, in his own words: “If you take Falis Community Services out of my success, it is like questioning my existence. I was so fortunate to find them in my second year of middle school in Cader Heights. Being the oldest of 8 and coming from a family who had never been in school, I got all I needed from my community even when they did not have enough budget to help me or any other students. FCS was my strength; they stood by me and hundreds of other students like me. FCS supported my financial means, covering my driving school classes fees, and helping me obtain my Washington driver’s license ID. In doing so, I participated in engineering classes in high school, which I was passionate about. And now, FCS is still standing by me to help me enroll in college.
And I know that some parents cannot do this for their children; that is why I will always be grateful and try to give back to my community.”
Nagina, in her own words:
“The day I met with Yusuf Bashir (the founder of Falis Community Service) was a blessed day because it was the beginning of my academic journey. I was 14 years old when I interpreted for a group of my community who the Falis Community Service office invited. Since then, I have become a part of the FCS community. FCS allowed me to participate in youth training programs, mental health training programs, and driving school training programs until I graduated from high school this year. In 2022, I was offered a part-time job at FCS, and I’m so grateful. Thank you, Falis Community Service!
Nasra, in her own words: “I did not know about the community until after I graduated high school. I barely graduated high school with little to no help. But going to college, working in the medical field, and graduating in 2022 was a dream come true, and all the credit goes to Falis Community Service.
It is an honor to tell the story of one of our college graduates, Juweria, in 2022! Juweria has been with our program since she migrated to the U.S. from Egypt in 2015. She is one of the first students to enroll in our program, and we’re proud to say that we had an incredible journey together. She graduated from Kent-Meridian High School with the challenge of not knowing the school system or even the basics of schooling.
In her words, “Mentoring was what I needed the most, which I got from my community. I appreciate the confidence they gave me through the programs they offered. I was happy to graduate high school, but graduating from college was not easy as I pictured six years ago when I joined their programs. Falis Community Services had a vision and believed in the possibility of me graduating college, and I am proud to be part of it.”
Fatima, in her own words: “During my transfer from middle school to high school, all my friends went to different schools due to boundaries, and I was nervous; I didn’t want to end up in a bad school. My first year of high school was when I learned about FCS. I have been an active member since my freshman year since then. The programs they offered allowed me to travel and see places I’d never been, get selected for their scholarship, obtain my driver’s license, and get help academically. I thank you so much for FCS!”