Felicien is a refugee from Africa, where for years he and his family struggled to move freely throughout his country to find food and clean water. Felicien lived in a United Nations camp beginning in 1997 and recalls waking up each day feeling sad, as he faced poverty and sickness. In 2015 he and his family received the opportunity to resettle in the United States and his life changed. He was full of “excitement, living a dream come true.”
Through the support of the Gulf Coast JFCS Refugee Resettlement and Replacement Program, Felicien became self-sufficient and truly began to live the like that he had always dreamed of. “life today is much better…I feel that I am home,” Felicien share. He has worked for more than a year as an Uber driver, gives back to the community as an interpreter for Project Prosper, a non-profit working to empower immigrants with financial tools and he has assisted other refugees in obtaining houses with Habitat for Humanity.
James Truslow Adams coined the term American Dream in his 1931 book, The Epic of America. “The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.”
Felecien is a shining example of living the American Dream. When asked what he would like to say to others about America, he shares, “You have a great country, a great nation! Love your country, protect the peace of your neighbor, protect the peach of each other.”