Meet Our Providers
The ACCESS Youth and Education Department aims at enhancing the academic and social development of individuals preschool through adulthood. Family literacy and adult education programs are provided at ACCESS in south Dearborn and at Priest Elementary-Middle School in SW Detroit. In collaboration with Detroit Public Schools and other partners, families can access English as a Second Language classes, financial literacy classes, entrepreneurship training, citizenship instruction, and parenting education. ACCESS Employment and Training provides GED preparation and workforce training programs in Dearborn and Detroit. Founded in 1971 in Dearborn, ACCESS provides social, economic, health and educational services to a diverse population through over 120 programs. In 2017, ACCESS implemented ACCESS to Earn, an integrated English as a Second Language (ESL) and skills-based entrepreneurial training program for immigrant women in southwest Detroit. ACCESS is looking forward to expanding services into the city of Detroit with space in the Cody Rouge area to house numerous services and programs addressing education needs, emergency services, and workforce development training. To learn more, please visit www.accesscommunity.org
2651 Saulino Court, Dearborn, Michigan 48120
The Parkman Branch library’s Technology, Literacy, and Career Center (TLC) offers computer classes and technology device help, literacy tutoring in reading, math, and GED Prep as well as resume building, help with job searching and job leads, and small business resource assistance. In 2017, Parkman Branch began the discussion of piloting a learning circle for GED preparation. Beginning early 2018, Parkman Branch will host its first GED Prep Learning Circle for students whose assessments were high but just short of their goals. To learn more, please visit www.detroit.lib.mi.us/branch/parkman
Annette Lotharp, Reading and Literacy Specialist
1766 Oakman Blvd., Detroit, MI 48213
The Dominican Literacy Center (DLC) provides Adult Basic Education, GED preparation and High School Completion, English as a Second Language, and workforce readiness services for adults at its site in the Samaritan Center on the east side of Detroit. Academic instruction is provided primarily through one-to-one tutoring as well as computer-based and small group instruction. The Dominican Literacy Center was founded in 1989 by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. In 2017, DLC was proud that 8 learners earned their GED and 9 earned their High School Diploma. They look forward to 20 learners earning their GED/High School Completion in 2017/2018. To learn more, please visit www.dlcliteracy.org
Kimberly Williams, Executive Director
5555 Connor, Ste. 1414, Detroit, MI 48213
Founded in 1968, with a commitment to intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty and injustice, Focus: HOPE provides services in three areas – Food, Careers, and Community. Focus: HOPE Careers has a renewed commitment to work readiness and bridging the technical and educational gaps that prevent so many adults from participating in the economic mainstream. Employer centric training programs ensure Focus: HOPE will continue to help the region meet their industry talent needs. The Fast Track program offers contextualized education to help adults advance grade levels and gain industry exposure to qualify for training programs and employment. Focus: HOPE’s work readiness, job training and apprenticeship programs span numerous high demand career sectors such as Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology and Healthcare. Focus: Hope launched their new Healthcare training program with Oakland University School of Nursing and Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation to prepare adults for jobs in the health care industry and will soon offer pathways to Truck Driving training. To learn more, visit www.focushope.edu
Renyshia Pierce, Manager, Fast Track
1355 Oakman Blvd., Detroit, MI 48238
Through the generosity of supporter Mr. Mort Harris, the Office of Adult Literacy was established in 2012 to galvanize efforts that fulfill his vision of making a substantial impact on the startling literacy levels in Detroit. The Harris Literacy Program was launched in 2013 as a turn-key educational enhancement program for adults whose literacy levels are equivalent to the fourth- to eighth-grade range. With the underlying goal of workforce development, the program provides adult basic education to help members of the Detroit community reach their academic goals and make steps toward greater self-sufficiency. The Harris Literacy Program strives to leave the greatest possible imprint on the adult literacy issue while helping Detroit residents make educational inroads to self-sufficiency. Using university research to identify and apply best-practices, the program seeks to improve the adult literacy learning experience. If you would like to find out more about the program, including opportunities that are available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manager, Harris Literacy Program
Educational Outreach and International Programs
WSU Undergraduate Library
Mercy Education Project (MEP) provides adult basic education and GED preparation instruction to women through a combination of small classroom, one-to-one tutoring and computer-based instruction and also provides workforce readiness support at its site in Corktown, west of downtown Detroit. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Education Project also provides remedial tutoring, life skills development and enrichment programs to girls living in southwest Detroit. In 2017, MEP was proud to celebrate its’ 25th year empowering Detroit women and girls through education. MEP is looking forward to reaching more women in the city through satellite services in partnership with Brilliant Detroit. To learn more, please visit www.mercyed.net
Kathryn Tanner, Executive Director
1450 Howard St., Detroit, Michigan 48216
Oakland Literacy Council (OLC) provides one-to-one tutoring in reading and English conversation skills for adults in Oakland County. Services are provided at libraries and other public spaces throughout Oakland County by volunteer tutors. OLC is currently seeking to add numeracy to its program services. The Council was founded in 1984 as a pilot program as an extension of the libraries. In 2017, the Council was proud of its efforts to enhance tutor training and increase the number of native-English speaking students served. OLC is looking forward to settling in at their new office location and offering workforce writing workshops and expanding its services for skilled immigrants. To learn more, please visit http://www.oaklandliteracy.com/
Lisa Machesky, Executive Director
43700 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Twp., MI 48302
Siena Literacy Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of families in northwest Metropolitan Detroit by providing a basic education program for adult learners. Together with our volunteer tutors, we teach reading, math, computer skills, and English as a Second Language (ESL).
Since 1995, over 600 tutors have helped over 2000 adult learners meet the challenges of their everyday lives. Please browse through our website to see what Siena Literacy Center has to offer. Siena Literacy Center is a proud to be part of Dominican Rea Literacy Corporation and is an accredited affiliate of Proliteracy. To learn more, please visit https://www.sienaliteracy.org
Donna Nesbitt, Director
16888 Trinity Detroit, MI 48219
Serving the community since 1844, St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center (SVSF Center) provides free, personalized, individualized tutoring for adults 18 years of age and older to prepare for and pass High School equivalency exams (GED and HiSet). Students also receive computer training, workforce preparedness, college/career counseling and provides each student with personalized mentoring and resources to pursue their next step towards economic self-sufficiency. (Higher education, vocational training or job assistance, including obtaining tuition assistance.) SVSF Center has five campuses for its Adult Program: Main Campus (NW Detroit), Midtown, Central, Eastside and New Center. In 2017, SVSF Center provided a special accelerated learning program to prospective DTE Energy Employees, in association with SER Metro and DESC. In 2018, SVSF Center looks forward to a Family Learning Program at its Midtown campus, as well as a new recognition event called “Celebrate the Center” in April. Please visit www.svsfcenter.org for more information.
Diane Renaud, Executive Director/CEO
16800 Trinity Street, Detroit, MI 48219
Southwest Economic Solutions (SWES) provides adult basic education, GED preparation, English as a Second Language, Earn to Learn, financial literacy, workforce development, and entrepreneurship training for adults. SWES provides two computer-based adult learning labs, one focused on GED preparation and the other focused on literacy, in southwest Detroit. The literacy lab is sponsored by the WSU Harris Literacy program. SWES is part of Southwest Solutions, a large human service agency founded in 1970 that provides mental health, housing, and early childhood services. In 2017, SWES was proud to launch our Career Pathways Navigator program that connects our adult learners to work readiness activities, supportive services and guidance to post-secondary training opportunities. SWES is looking forward to expanding our role in adult education as a provider at the Randolph Career and Technical Center. To learn more, please visit www.swsol.org
Caitlyn Pisarski, Director, Adult Learning Labs
4214 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit, MI 48209
Although Zaman formally became a non-profit organization in 2004, our work began in 1996, giving us more than 20 years of on-the-ground experience. You can learn more about our history here.
Since its founding, Zaman has applied a needs-based, community-driven approach to all programming in order to help households meet their basic needs and break the cycle of poverty. We are dedicated to addressing the diverse needs of our clients. Unlike most organizations, Zaman is flexible and willing to work outside of strict programs and policies in order to respond quickly and effectively to our client’s needs. We develop personal relationships with our clients through home visits and meet regularly to ensure assistance is exactly what they need.
In addition to meeting our clients’ basic needs, we also empower the households we serve through training and vocational programs. By providing both urgent assistance and promoting self-reliance, Zaman has become an organization that transitions families from a hand-out to a hands-on model.
The success of our organization and continued growth comes from the passion and dedication to our mission shared by our team, volunteers, supporters and community partners. We hope you will join us as we work to break the cycle of poverty one family at a time.
Zaman International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit humanitarian organization. To learn more, please visit https://www.zamaninternational.org/index.php
Gigi Salka, Director of B.O.O.S.T
29061 Trowbridge, Inkster, MI 48141