Our Volunteer of the Month: Felice Gordis

A native of Tennessee, Felice Gordis grew up in a European immigrant refugee family. As an adult she taught Developmental Psychology at the college level at several institutions throughout the country, finally settling in the Albany area to be closer to her grandchildren.

In 2017, Felice started tutoring English to a Syrian widow with 6 children, ages 12 through early 20’s. Felice quickly realized that in addition to language lessons, there were other ways she could help the family to acclimate and thrive in the United States. She began expanding her role to one of assisting the family in navigating the structures of American institutions. She also researched options, coordinated with a local dentist and found resources in the community to provide orthodontal services for two Syrian refugee children.

Felice has found her involvement with NY4SR to be very fulfilling. She describes the mother she works with as “kind, lively and outgoing” and the whole family to be “lovely and very interesting”. For Felice, helping others seems to come naturally. As she explains simply, “I look for resources, when issues come up.” She also finds the commitment and hard work of so many people who answer the call of NY4SR to be inspiring and reassuring.

By Mary Kopczynski.