Insurance Agent Jim Liufau Helps Ensure the Safety of International Students

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Jim Liufau (jimliufau.com) marks one year anniversary with Others of Destin, helping international students assimilate.

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The Destin United Methodist Church (DUMC) formed the organization in an effort to help J-1 students that are in this country, in response to the many different ways they are mistreated and to help with assimilation.

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State Farm agent, Jim Liufau, is celebrating his first anniversary working with Others of Destin, Inc., which was formed in 2014 to help students that are in the United States on the J-1 program. The J-1 Visa is given to individuals approved to participate in work- and study-based exchange visitor programs.

“The Destin United Methodist Church (DUMC) formed the organization in an effort to help J-1 students that are in this country, in response to the many different ways they are mistreated and to help with assimilation,” said Jim. “Common concerns the church tries to assist with include, crowded accommodations, employment, money management, health issues, language, cultural differences, homesickness and transportation.”

One such incident occurred last year when J-1 Visa holder Galina Bumbalova passed away after an accident. Galina was riding her bike to work and was struck by a car and killed on impact. “I’d like to think that if she had proper transportation and safety gear this tragedy could have been avoided,” said Jim. Since then, the DUMC has hosted dinners, provided food-filled backpacks and donated hundreds of bikes, helmets and locks. They also provided employer, host family and sponsor mediation.

The DUMC will be hosting a free dinner for international students every Wednesday through August that starts at 6:30 p.m. On June 24 at 8 p.m., the church will also be hosting a “Southern Style Snack Dinner” to welcome its international guests. For more information, please contact Cynthia Wilson at cynthia(dot)wilson(at)cox(dot)net or (850) 543-6339.

About Jim Liufau, State Farm
The Jim Liufau State Farm Insurance Agency offers auto, home and property, life and health insurance, as well as banking products, annuities and mutual funds. Jim is the former president of the Destin Chamber of Commerce and was the Destin Business Person of the Year in 1990. For more information, please call (850) 837-1329.

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