Severin Barumunungu and his family, refugees from Burundi, arrived in the US in December of 2012. Before fleeing his country, Severin had worked as a teacher. Severin initially came to JFCS to work with the career services department in 2014. Our Refugee Career Specialist Kristina Mielke helped him get a job with JCPS as a bilingual instructor. She also worked with his wife, Pascaline, and son, Evrard. A few years ago, the Barumunungu family began saving throughout Individual Development Account (IDA) savings program. They attended classes to learn more about how to manage money here in America. We are happy to share that the Barumunungu family were able to save enough to purchase a house recently.
The IDA Program at JFCS is just one way we help members of our community achieve financial empowerment. The education and tools our clients learn will last a lifetime, and the pride that comes with purchasing a home, graduating from college, or starting your own business is unmatched. We wish Shalonda and all of our other IDA participants the best as they embark on their new financial journeys.
*Our IDA program is offered to refugees who have been in the US for less than five years, employees of Norton Healthcare, Trilogy Health Services, and Magnolia Springs, and residents of Family Scholar House. Income and net worth eligibility requirements must also be met. For more information on the IDA program, please contact Kristi Quinn at 502-452-6341 ext. 257 or [email protected].