Tioga: Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Gives Students an Educational Head Start

Tioga: Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Gives Students an Educational Head Start

Bright lights shine on the beaming green and orange painted walls as the next group of children happily walked into the Mercy Neighborhood Ministries building located on W. Venango Street in Tioga. The inviting staff and abundant open space offer some of the best amenities and educational assistance in the area for children in kindergarten […]

 

Tioga: Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Educates Adults in Need

Tioga: Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Educates Adults in Need

Adult education at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries has become a mainstay in the community. Located at the corner of West Venango and 19th streets in the Tioga section of the city, the organization provides education services to adults who are unable to afford them elsewhere. Sister Maureen Conklin (pictured below) is the coordinator of the adult education program at Mercy Ministries. […]

 

Newbold: Spanish-Speaking Organization Promotes and Preserves Mexican Culture and Traditions in South Philly Community

Newbold: Spanish-Speaking Organization Promotes and Preserves Mexican Culture and Traditions in South Philly Community

Mexican culture is a major focus for the Spanish-speaking community that gathers in the salmon colored building on the corner of 17th and Dickinson streets in South Philadelphia. Casa Monarca is a small nonprofit organization that serves mostly Spanish-speaking families, women and children. “Casa Monarca’s mission is to preserve and keep the Mexican tradition and culture […]

 

Kensington: Community Center Works to Serve Neighborhood’s Needs

Kensington: Community Center Works to Serve Neighborhood’s Needs

The Community Center at Visitation (CCV) is one of many outreach facilities dedicated to improving the quality of life in Kensington. Led by Sister Betty Scanlon, a Sister of Mercy and director of CCV, the center tries to fill the gaps in services needed by local residents. “We learn so much from the community. This facility is […]

 

Education: Center For Literacy Classes Offer Adult Learners Help, Hope

Education: Center For Literacy Classes Offer Adult Learners Help, Hope

Adult illiteracy is a major issue in Philadelphia, with more than two-thirds of the adult population classified as low literate – meaning they do not have the basic skills necessary for the modern workplace, according to a report published by the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board. Center for Literacy (CFL) is a 50-year-old, longstanding institution that works to […]

 

Bustleton: Helping Immigrants Navigate a New World

Bustleton: Helping Immigrants Navigate a New World

For adults who have recently immigrated to the United States, whether working or unemployed, daily life can often be a struggle in and of itself. Resources to cultivate educational opportunities or to develop second-language skills may be more scarce than one thinks, and a life of poverty and feelings of being an outcast are sometimes […]

 

Passyunk: City’s Immigrant Population Receives Practical Language Skills with Help from Iron Chef

Passyunk: City’s Immigrant Population Receives Practical Language Skills with Help from Iron Chef

With nine restaurants in Philadelphia alone, Iron Chef Jose Garces is synonymous with the city’s culinary culture. A second generation immigrant, Garces uses his success to support the Garces Foundation, his nonprofit that works to create practical opportunities for the city’s immigrant population. Started by Jose Garces and his wife, Beatriz Mirabal Garces, the Foundation […]

 

Veterans Affairs: Diane Sandefur’s Passion, Patience and Leadership Guide Veterans Upward Bound Program

Veterans Affairs: Diane Sandefur’s Passion, Patience and Leadership Guide Veterans Upward Bound Program

For people who choose a career in the field of serving those who have served our country, high levels of dedication and sacrifice come with the territory. Who would want to give anything less to the men and women who have served in the ranks of the United States Armed Forces? Diane Sandefur (pictured above), […]

 By Dionicia V. Roberson and Joseph B. Schaefer

Mantua: GED Test Change Affects Adult Education class

Mantua: GED Test Change Affects Adult Education class

Jim Landers teaches the Adult Education class offered by the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, a new organization at 35th and Spring Garden streets. The Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships at 35th and Spring Garden provides Adult Education among other resources. The organization is already making its mark in the community through an urban extension partnership […]