Ali is an intrepid young man and his hard work is certainly admirable. Since moving to the United States in 2014, Ali has hit the ground running. In just 3 and a half years, Ali has become fluent in English, began volunteering as a translator and has completed not only the Individual Development Savings Account, IDA program offered to refugees at SNAP but has also taken our home buying seminars and received one-on-one pre-purchase counseling from our Housing Counselor Mark Wren.

Nicolle Hansen, SNAP Loan and IDA Specialist said, “I am so impressed by how hard Ali works. He is a lifelong learner who believes that education and hard work is the best way to improve his life.”

Ali made a wise decision coming to SNAP, he made it a personal goal to purchase his first home and set out to personally achieve this goal. By generating savings with the IDA saving account program and saving additional money, Ali secured himself his down payment and completed our 5 hour home buying seminar, qualifying him for our pre-purchase counseling.

Nicolle enjoys her job because “The SNAP IDA program has taught me the value of the human spirit. Success is not just luck, it is access to opportunities to improve your life, the willingness to sacrifice comfort in the short term, and the strength to follow through on a goal.”

Ali is goal oriented and shared his insight about coming to the United States, “Make a goal for yourself in the United States; don’t just pass your time in the United States … When I talk to my friends, I tell them ‘make a program for your life, after 5 years where do you want to be? After 10 years? After 20 years? ”

When asked why he sets goals Ali said “When I came to the United States, I said before I apply for the (U.S.) citizenship, ‘I have to finish my GED diploma and I have to buy my first house, so that was my goal. I now have my house and I am currently working on my GED diploma. I have made a program for my life.”