Deladem Dogbey

From: Lome, Togo  Current City: Richfield, MN
"I was thirty-eight when I came here. I wanted to show that someone can go to school in the U.S. at any age. You can do whatever you want to in America if you mean it."
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In her home country of Togo, Deladem Dogbey helped take care of elderly relatives. After immigrating to the United States, she missed her family dearly. However, she was happily surprised to discover that she could care for people as a career and pursued a job in health care.

Ms. Dogbey was born in Togo’s capital city of Lomé in 1962. Although she did not finish high school, she attended technical college to become an administrative assistant like her mother. Unenthusiastic about her career path, Ms. Dogbey stopped taking classes and became an entrepreneur. She trekked to neighboring countries where she bought goods that she would sell in her home country.

Eager to learn and curious about other opportunities, Ms. Dogbey decided to move to Philadelphia in 2000. She completed her ESL education and studied at Delaware Community College for three years. Unfortunately, her green card sponsor did not follow through; she was left stranded. After being faced with deportation, she received a work permit and started a new life in Minnesota.

Currently, Ms. Dogbey is a nursing assistant at Keystone Assisted Living. She found employment with help from the International Institute of Minnesota. In an effort to continue her medical training, she is studying for her GED and preparing for college. Ms. Dogbey resides in Richfield, Minnesota.


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