Faces of Hunger

ESL Assistance in a Time of Need

Senora Olga, a single mother of two small children aged 4 and 7, relocated to Hempstead from Honduras. She had been in the country for three years and was able to occasionally clean houses to pay for a room in a house in Hempstead. The Village of Hempstead deemed the living situation unsuitable. Olga and her children were staying at a women and children’s shelter in Freeport that referred her to Long Island Cares (LIC).  She came into our Nassau Service Center hoping for food and employment assistance.  She immediately gave a sigh of relief when she was able to express her hardships in her native language to the site manager. The eager volunteers were able to assist her through our client choice pantry, but in a limited way, due to the language barrier. The site manager immediately connected her with Literacy Nassau.  Literacy Nassau is a program that provides services each year for hundreds of Nassau County adults who are functionally illiterate, assisting them, their families toward self-sufficiency and personal success. Literacy Nassau occupies the Nassau Service Center’s training room regularly to teach ESL classes. Senora Olga has attended classes, and is on her way to becoming self-reliant! Being able to speak English will allow her to find a good paying job and buy food for her and her kids.



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