What We Do

We work with brave men and women who came to this country in the hopes of becoming productive members of our society and fulfilling their dreams. Instead, they find they are trapped in poverty by their deficiency of English language skills and cultural awareness.

Since its inception in 2004, the ELL In-Home Program has offered English as a Second Language on a one-on-one basis in their own home or in small groups of two-to-five students, as well as work-preparedness education to adult immigrants who are unable to attend regular classroom settings……all at no cost. We provide a way for low to moderate income people to  learn English language skills, GED preparation, Citizenship Study, and Computer Skills using our community volunteers as tutors.

 

We teach those who cannot afford childcare, have no transportation, limited mobility because of a disability, or are embarrassed and intimidated by traditional large class settings.

 

Now, during COVID many non-English speaking people are unable to attend regularly scheduled classes for reasons including, but not limited to, inability to make the schedules of other programs due to job constraints, no transportation, disabled,  inability to pay tuition or child care due to financial circumstances, or intimidated by formal classroom environment.  Our program has eliminated all of these obstacles.

Our community volunteers  teach  individually in the student's home in a setting that the student is familiar with, or in the tutor's home, or in a public site (i.e. library).  We also offer tutoring for small groups (2-5 students) for ELL, Workplace Communication, GED Preparation, Computer Literacy skills, and Citizenship study.

Who We Serve

We serve anyone who is interested in  learning and/or improving their English, or related skills, such as Workplace Communication, Computer Literacy, GED preparation or Citizenship study.

Since our program’s inception, we have tutored more than 6,000 students and their families. Although the majority of our students are Hispanics, many are from countries all over the world such as China and Taiwan, Central and South America, Tibet, Europe, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Africa and the Middle East as well as American-born men and women who are eager to learn or improve their English.

 

Some who come to the ELL In-Home Program speak two or three other languages and have received advanced educational degrees from their countries. Others have no English speaking, reading nor
writing skills.

 

Our students’ goals include:

        • To become a U.S. Citizen

        • To obtain a GED in order to find a job

        • To communicate with children’s teachers and medical personnel without interpreters

        • To find a job

        • To advance in their employment

        • To shop in English-speaking stores – understanding and being understood

        • Grandparents wishing to read stories in English to their grandchildren

        • Parents wanting to help with children’s homework and other school activities

Students are referred to the ELL In-Home Program by friends, relatives, libraries, neighbors, co-workers and state agencies. Many stay six months to one year until they can manage the language demands of their job and some continue until they can enter a community college or university.