October 9, 2017  |  Announcements UpTogether Fund

New third-party resources for FII-Albuquerque family partners

We are pleased to announce the availability of two new third-party resources for FII-Albuquerque Family Partners. Established in memory of FII-Albuquerque Site Director Susy Sarmiento’s late husband Jesus Sarmiento, both are launching on the one-year anniversary of his passing, October 9, 2017.

Mr. Sarmiento was a self-made man and a true believer in hard work, community and determination. He was born in Mexico and migrated to the United States at the age of 19. His journey was not an easy one and epitomized that of many of our FII Family Partners.  Yet his self-determination drove him to learn English, earn his GED, become a United States citizen and obtain his CDL (Commercial Driver’s License), all on his own.  A hard-working man with a wife and four children, he was taken from this life too soon.

Mr. Sarmiento was employed by ABF Freight, a less-than- truckload carrier based in Fort Smith, Ark., with operations around the country. ABF is a subsidiary of ArcBest Corp., a leading logistics company with creative problem solvers who deliver integrated solutions. To honor their late friend and former employee, ABF is generously offering CDL training to Family Partners of FII-Albuquerque at no cost. ABF and ArcBest have thousands of employees who, like Mr. Sarmiento, are committed to going above and beyond for customers, and so it seemed fitting to ABF to offer this opportunity to earn a CDL certificate to others who find themselves in similar circumstances. Held at local ABF facilities in Albuquerque, not only is the training free to FII Families (an estimated cost savings of $4,000) but the training period is significantly condensed (six weeks vs. nine months at local colleges), making this a valuable and viable opportunity for many. In addition,  ABF has committed to offering successful graduates the opportunity to join their team in Albuquerque and beyond, pending existing hiring needs.

“We’re honored to be able to offer this class in the memory of such an excellent employee and devoted husband and father, Jesus Sarmiento,” said ABF Freight President Tim Thorne. “He and our Albuquerque team embody the ABF spirit of going above and beyond to get the job done. We look forward to enabling more hard-working and dedicated people to carry on this tradition.”

In addition to this potentially life-changing resource, Jesus’ wife Susy and his children Lorenzo, Araceli, Mariely and Emilio are establishing the Jesus Sarmiento Memorial Fund to provide educational opportunities for immigrant FII families in Albuquerque. making it possible for others to enjoy the success that comes with following their dreams.

Won’t you please join them in honoring Jesus Sarmiento’s legacy of hard work, community building and determination?  Pay it forward by donating now.

To learn more about either resource, please contact Susy Sarmiento at Susy@fii.org or 505.280.3865.

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