Did you know that throughout the school year, PRC serves the community as a training site for Teachers of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) and similar certifications?    When I started my teaching practicum at People’s Resource Center, I wasn’t expecting to be encouraged in my own language learning. My practicum class consisted of twelve…

Poems: The Star of the Show

I An overcast Saturday morning On Cinco De Mayo On Church Street Four Blocks from Mission Delores Park In the city by the bay II Entering the Book Store Noticing four photos of A pumpkin colored cat In various stages of emotional outburst Displayed on the window III He must be the shops’ Marque attraction…

Poems: Birds in Flight

  Birds in Flight I see carefree birds Flying toward the light The bird and I are leaving The bonds of earth The darkness is forcing us down We struggle to fly We spread our wings and impel ourselves forward and upward The light calls to us with Promises of safety and hope Why does…

Poems: My Turtle

I Have you ever looked a turtle in the face?   II I have, and I often see the turtle looking right back at me.   III Is the turtle thinking, “Where is your shell?”   IV Turtles become much more important when looked at, in the eye.   V I can’t make turtle soup…

“Poverty” – a poem

This poem was written by a woman who attended a class through a PRC partner site. It is shared with her permission.   It’s hard to fathom what some may do easy to judge when you haven’t walked their shoes Hunger will change you as a child begging for food People seemed cruel and rude…

Difficult Crossroads

Two years ago, I came to a difficult crossroads. I lost my job, my health, and my home, all in a matter of months. After 17 years of employment, management restructuring resulted in cost-cutting to the retail store I managed. I was let go. That weekend, my family tried to lift my spirits by including…

I won

When I started my teaching practicum at People’s Resource Center, I wasn’t expecting to be encouraged in my own language learning. I hope to borrow some of my student’s passion and determination to learn when I travel to my next teaching adventure in Vietnam. My practicum class consisted of twelve adults from eight different countries…

Mission Survival

I hadn’t fully experienced life until I woke up one morning on two rocks and a wooden plank outside of a church. I’d found myself homeless on the streets of Wheaton, Illinois. In fall of 2016, I was living on my own, paycheck-to-paycheck, like most 19-year-olds. My rent was due, and then, I lost my job….

One of Those Moments

I have a story – I was running an exam. It was a final test for a special certificate and the student who was testing came late, and flustered. She’d had all sorts of trouble finding us. It was a foggy day, and the turn for the driveway was hard to see. The test is done…

Quote: Walking Through

“I walk through the neighborhoods and some people got so little, and some people got so much. And I just wonder, like, how can you feast when other people right there, go hungry?” quote from a formerly at risk youth, who was homeless for over a year. “Quote:” is part of an ongoing series.  

Just So Much

When I started with the program, we had about 20 volunteers and students. I felt inspired – let’s do this! My biggest realization while working at PRC was how much people need an adult learning program. It can be very overwhelming. It’s very difficult for people get access to free educational services when they are adults….

Controlling the Uncontrollable

I did art for a while and then stopped. Coming to PRC is what rekindled my passion for art. It’s a sense of community. My art has changed a lot over the years, it’s become a looser and more colorful and more modernized. I think our teacher here has been helping me change my art…