Access California Services (AccessCal) celebrated the success of its citizenship class students, who recently passed their citizenship exam or who have recently become US citizens after having recently taken oath. The City of Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray joined the celebration and congratulated the new US citizens.
Nahla Kayali, founder and executive director of Access California Services (AccessCal), received The California Wellness Foundation Sabbatical Program Award. The award recognizes executives’ dedication to their communities and grants $35,000 to cover each executive director’s salary and other expenses during a minimum three-month sabbatical.
“When I launched AccessCal 15 years ago with a set of folding chairs and tables, I never imagined that I’d ever receive such an esteemed sabbatical one day,” Kayali said. “I am eager to use this precious time off to revitalize myself and refocus my priorities for the organization to better help enrich the lives of those in our local immigrant and refugee community. I am certain that we have built a sturdy leadership team who will unquestionably hold down the fort during my temporary absence.”
The California Wellness Foundation Sabbatical Program Award was created to improve the long-term effectiveness of health-focused nonprofits by providing their executives with the rest they need to continue to direct their organizations’ missions. The California Wellness Foundation is a private, independent foundation created in 1992 with a mission to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.
Access California Services (AccessCal) celebrates today as it graduates community members from its programs in para-professional mental health, childcare/daycare licensing, computer techniques, sewing and beading. We are so proud of them and their accomplishments. We wish them all the success as they now hold the necessary skills to pursue new careers. Congratulations!