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Nevresa: From Adversity to Inspiration

Nevresa was born and raised in Srebrenica, Bosnia where her father fought in the Bosnian Civil War. As a child, Nevy was exposed to the horrors of war, right in her backyard, which still impacts her today. Her family moved to Kennewick, WA in 1998 with the hope that they might find a better life and education, while most of Bosnia was still in rubble, her home included. Today, she is a single mom and has overcome incredible adversity to not only provide for her daughter but to also complete her Associate of Arts Degree in the process. She plans to continue her education in the Radiology field. Nevy not only wants to impact her field but wants to grow to be an inspiring woman in every area of her life. She wants to be a woman who never lacks compassion and encourages her daughter, as well as other women around her, to be the best that they can be…

Antonio's Story

Antonio's Story

Meet Antonio. He is on staff in the Collegium facility and also as a homework tutor in the Tierra Vida after-school program. His spirit embodies the philosophy of servant leadership espoused by Center for Sharing.
Naty's Story

Naty's Story

Naty just graduated from with a degree in nursing. She has been with Centro De Compartamiento AC since starting high school 7 years ago. Overcoming innumerable barriers and challenges since birth, Naty has become the first college graduate in her family–and a Valedictorian at that!
  • CSLP Philippines

    In 2007 and 2008 CFS conducted intensive SL courses for Mindoro Bible College on Mindoro Island. As a result of the impact, they amazingly decided to change their name, their methodology, and shifted the goal of their mission. Some of the changes included: 1) shifting......

  • Glenn Cross: My Journey

    I come from a family with a mother, father, and older brother and sister. As a child, I was taught the virtues of going to church twice on Sunday, once on Wednesday, and pretty much any other time the church was open. I felt guilty......

  • International Women’s Day

    On March 17, 2016, the Center for Sharing featured its annual international women’s day event! During this event, The Center for Sharing celebrated international women’s day by inviting local vendors and individuals from all around the area to come and participate in our program. During......

  • Jane’s Chickens

    Jane’s Poultry Project-Jane is an alum of SLEC’s 2012 S-L course. During the course she moved to a new neighborhood. She had learned about poultry farming during her S-L course. So she decided she would start her own. She wanted to share her vision with......

  • Patricia’s Preschool

    Blessed ECD Preschool-Patricia, an alum of SLEC’s first S-L course in 2012, started a preschool for orphans in the borrowed, mud-floored classroom of a church in a slum. These are just tiny children, all dressed in their uniforms, learning to write their ABC’s, identify colors,......

  • Youth Job Training at the Collegium

    The Tri Cities has one of the best economies in the United States. There are houses constantly being built and many jobs available within both Franklin and Benton County. And yet, we find many young adults lack the experience required to obtain these jobs. Its......

Patricia’s Preschool

Patricia, an alum of SLEC’s first S-L course in 2012, started a preschool for orphans in the borrowed, mud-floored classroom of a church in a slum. These are just tiny children, all dressed in their uniforms, learning to write their ABC’s, identify colors, and be reminded over and over again, in this safe setting, that they are good, they are beautiful, they are creative! Patricia and Mary, also a trained teacher (and participant in SLEC’s 2013 S-L course) both volunteer their time to do this work. It touched our hearts to see how they are teaching 3 year olds to be leaders. For example: they give a child a pencil, and ask him/her to come up to the board, and point to various objects that the class then has to respond with the name of: ‘triangle’; square’ ; ‘circle’….or ‘red’; ‘blue’; ‘green’….When they are done, then the class celebrates the ‘teacher’ as they all sing, and the ‘teacher’ wiggles, hands on hips, back and forth. Adorable!

This program could become a catalyst for holistic community transformation in that place as time goes on, starting with children, then drawing in the parents or care-givers, churches, and others, that in turn impacts the spirit and vitality of the neighborhood.