Ramona Salas-Sanchez is extremely proud that she officially became a U.S. citizen on August 12, 2016, after studying for three years in Chatham Literacy’s Citizenship Program. Her journey began 16 years ago, when she left Mexico with her husband and children and came to the United States. They settled in Siler City, where she took care of the family while her husband often worked two jobs to make ends meet.
The citizenship class that Ramona took met once a week for two hours at First United Methodist Church in Siler City. The curriculum was very detailed and required student dedication and determination. “I am so proud of achieving my citizenship,” said Ramona. “I feel different now. I feel important. I also feel very honored to be a U.S. citizen.”
Ramona’s new goal is to improve her English. She is enrolled in Chatham Literacy’s ESL program. “All of my tutors have treated me with respect,” said Ramona. “They have such patience!”