Meet Ralitza Doynova, Raphael House’s Children’s Services Manager!
Ralitza has been with Raphael House for 22 years. In her role during that time, Ralitza has managed the full variety of Children’s Services from helping with Raphael House’s co-op childcare in the past, leading field trips, special events, adult ESL tutoring, the evening activities, and always working in or managing the tutoring services for children.
She shared, “My favorite part of work is tutoring, especially math and reading comprehension. It is so rewarding to help a child see they can learn successfully, develop critical thinking and reflection, and take an active part in their own learning.”
Last year, Children’s Services served 289 children. Our Tutoring Program served 17 children and 18 teens. Of those students, 89% demonstrated improved academic performance and 100% demonstrated an improvement in socio-emotional behaviors within 9 months.
Aside from the extensive K-12 academic support that Raphael House provides to our children through Children’s Services with tutoring and enrichment activities, we also offer other well-rounded services not found at other agencies, like funding for extracurricular activities. Summer camp is just one of those activities, and last year Raphael House was able to send 30 kids to summer camp.
Ralitza said that it is very satisfying to see families being able to access such a variety of experiences and support for their children to have a stronger foundation to build the lives they want for themselves without some of the challenges their families have come through and are facing.
“I have been very fortunate to work with some amazing supervisors and peers over the years and absolutely love the culture of Raphael House: positive, supportive, and an open culture that translates into staff being able to focus on the work and the families and on growing and learning professionally,” Ralitza said.
“My hope and efforts are to interrupt the cycle of instability for the next generation.”
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