Laugh a lot

“Are you a teacher?” she asked? “No,” I replied. “Are you a nurse?” I shook my head. “No.” The look of dread on my student’s face when she heard my answer was priceless! I’m sure she wondered how I could ever help. She’d requested a tutor to help her pass the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)…

A Major Gain

Good morning! Hope all is well on your end.  I’ve completed and submitted a mound of paperwork and assessments and am now enjoying my time off. In a week, I will begin to get antsy but for now, I love the extra time for shopping, baking and playing games at night with the kids, rather than…

Happy New Year!

May your New Year bloom with peace and happiness! Flowers created by PRC art students.  

We Take Things for Granted

This week we are re-visiting popular a post you may have missed. Enjoy. Before I retired, I was an elementary school teacher, then an editor at several magazines. I’ve been a volunteer at PRC for about seven years now. My first tutoring assignment was working one-on-one with a mother who had three little kids. The…

Happy Holidays

  Happy Holidays from everyone at PRC! Special “Thank You” to Girl Scout Troop #060 for the beautiful holiday cards.

Letters to Santa

Dear Santa, This is the first letter I’ve ever sent you. It feels strange since I am long past the accepted age for writing Santa letters. I’ve been moderately good this year. At my age, I don’t have many opportunities for juicy misbehavior. What do I want for Christmas? I don’t really need anything for…

2017 Holly & Hope Luncheon Speech

Traditionally, at the Holly & Hope Holiday Luncheon, a speaker presents a story about work being done at the People’s Resource Center. This year’s speaker was Anne Elliott a volunteer in our Jobs Department.  In my child’s last year of preschool, our school places an emphasis on teaching about their community – an attempt, if…

Just a Joy

  The PRC got together with our church fifteen or sixteen years ago? I think we were the first off-campus literacy program. PRC sent us students who wanted to learn English. After my church got out of the program, I continued to come on Saturdays, and I still come every Saturday. I enjoyed the interaction…

Remembering Judy

PRC said goodbye to a friend when Judy passed away last month. She was a longtime volunteer who devoted her “second career” to People’s Resource Center. Judy loved books and could often be found reading at the Wheaton Public Library. This poem was written in her honor by an employee of the Wheaton Public Library….

Never Stop Learning

My interest in volunteering is to help younger folks who are hoping to get a job in the business world. Before I retired five years ago, I was CEO of a Wheaton-based business that did actuarial work. I have a strong math background, so I’ve been helping students improve their math skills with one-on-one tutoring….

Feelings Without Words

I’m not trained in art, but I taught art in a private school where you teach everything. I enjoy teaching art, and I like working with children. I’ve worked in various locations around DuPage County. PRC gets requests from after-school programs which would like to add art as an activity. That’s what I do. When…

Widening My Circle

I started searching for meaningful retirement activities about five years ago. I saw a notice at my church for ESL tutors and so began my journey. It was a smooth and natural transition for me as I had taught children from preschool through high school. I have had many wonderful students, but there is one…