The Boston Home was honored on Monday, October 24, 2016, at the English for New Bostonians event “Raising Our Voices,” which recognizes English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) leadership in business and the community.
With funding from The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), The Boston Home and training partner Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) conducted a work-needs assessment of its staff in 2015. The assessment found that employees wanted to increase their language and math skills to better perform at work, as well as to reach their career goals.
From this survey a unique, innovative education program was launched. Instructors from JVS led on-site lessons each week in Math and English, and four residents of The Boston Home served as tutors. For the resident tutors, this program has allowed them to give back to those who care for them. On June 29th, TBH held its first graduation ceremony for 30 students.
The Fall session has started. Thirty employees have enrolled and six residents have volunteered to tutor.
Left to Right: Ronald Walker, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Marva Serotkin, Chief Executive Officer and President, TBH, Victoria Louis, TBH staff member and ESOL student, Beth Butterfoss, Director in Business Services, JVS and Claudia Green, Executive Director, English for New Bostonians.
About English for New Bostonians
English for New Bostonians (ENB) is a public-private community collaboration that addresses the urgent need for increased English language learning opportunities for adult immigrants in Boston.