Ahmed Khalid Alghamdi grew up a world away but in the midst of a pandemic provided crucial support to HCO individuals in the Winona Community. In 2015, Ahmed was living 7400 miles away in Saudi Arabia and was researching a school where he could learn English. In just three short months, he was approved to the NSU English program in Oklahoma, completed visa and legal papers and arrived to Dallas, TX which had all of the Southern hospitality he had heard about.
In 2016, he became bilingual in both his native Arabic and English. He was able to establish friendships and enjoyed learning more about American culture. He felt that everyone invited him to their holidays and really made him feel like this was home. In 2017, he enrolled at a community college in Rochester, MN and the following year started studying Recreation/Tourism at Winona State University. He is very appreciative to his academic advisors for helping him get on his future career track and building on his leadership skills. Through WSU and other students he learned that HCO offered practicum opportunities and he was drawn to their mission.
This past fall, he started a practicum at HCO helping provide social interaction to individuals that could not work due to COVID-19. Through technology, he had a caseload of individuals that he spent one-on-one time with providing an important connection and was able to lead recreation activities to people in the safety of their own homes.