Aziz, Olga, Amina & Saniya

Olga and daughters


Their Story

Aziz and Olga moved their family to the United States from Kazakhstan in 2014. They struggled to find housing and good jobs to support themselves and their two young daughters. When they found Compass Family Services, they were living in a one-room hostel in the Tenderloin. 

The housing team at Compass helped the family to secure a slightly larger apartment in the Tenderloin and assisted them to enroll their daughters in Compass Children’s Center, our nationally accredited early education program for homeless and at-risk families. Olga began taking classes at the NeighborNest, the technology center for homeless families that Compass runs in partnership with Twitter. 

Only two months later, Compass secured a two-bedroom apartment in Bayview Hunter’s Point for the family. Aziz found stable, full-time employment and Olga excelled in her coding classes at the NeighborNest. She soon earned an Academy X coding certificate. 

“I couldn’t have done it without the on-site childcare at the NeighborNest and the support of Compass and Twitter staff. Compass did so much for my family.” 

Today, they live in San Diego where both Aziz and Olga work in computer programming and website development. Olga teaches at Code to the Future as a programming instructor for elementary school students. And she is working on her very own “app” she plans to have available on Apple in the near future. 

“Our family is a team of beginning software developers right now and we show our daughters the miracle of science by animating it for them.” 

Aziz and Olga are now applying for a mortgage and hope to own a home very soon.

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