Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to have recognized Elaine Schlehuber as the recipient of the “Hero Among Us” honored on April 8, 2017.
Elaine Schlehuber comes from the Habitat for Humanity and was selected as our hero for her long-lasting dedication to the organization. The Habitat for Humanity has been providing affordable housing to local families in need since 1991. Their mission is to lift people, foster hope, and improve the living situations of individuals, families and communities in Utah. They do this with the help of volunteers, professional expertise, and tax-deductible donations.
Schlehuber began volunteering for the Habitat for Humanity in 1999. Her main responsibility is to interview candidates and has recently became a member of the family selection committee, however, she did assist in building the first women-built home. Schlehuber’s involvement with the community does not stop with the Habitat for Humanity. Each month she volunteers with the salvation army, assists in teaching homebuyers and financial literacy classes, and works with the Jobs-Daughters organization.
Schlehuber continues to give back to her community and make a positive impact on Utah families. She would like to thankful to the Habitat for Humanity and thankful for the volunteers that have contributed their time to building new home.
Real Salt Lake is proud to recognize Placide Ndetima as one of our American Express Hero Among Us. Ndetima was recognized for his involvement with the English Skills Learning Center and for being an example of how this center can create communities through learning a language.
The E.S.L.C. was founded in 1988. Its initial goal was to provide adults basic literacy and English speaking language services, but it evolved over time to address inequality and the inclusion of immigrants and refugee families. They did this through their skills-based classes and find that families with improved English skills are more stable, have better access to employment, and can build bridges out of poverty. Currently, E.S.L.C. brings together over 1,000 adult English language learners from 45 different countries each year.
Our hero was born in Kabo, a small town in the Central African Republic. Ndetima fled Kabo at the age of 13 to escape the civil war in C.A.R. He spent the next nine years in the Maro Belemon refugee camp in Chad. He then immigrated to the U.S. in 2011 and enrolled in the E.C.L. classes at Truman College in Chicago. After three years, Ndetima moved to Denver and then found himself in Utah and has called it home for the past two years. Ndetima speaks 20 languages including two international, English and French, and is working on becoming a U.S. citizen. Ndetima’s future goal is to become an English teacher.
He will soon take his citizenship exam and hopefully become a US Citizen and be reunited with his wife.