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…

Free for the Taking

My desire to be a Citizenship Tutor starts with my parents.  They came to America in the 1920s to seek opportunity – there was very little opportunity in their small towns in Ireland.  My parents laid down their lives in their beloved Ireland so their children could walk across to a better life. My parents…

Really, We’re All the Same

I love teaching.  There is such joy in seeing people “get something” while they’re studying!  It’s thrilling to see the dawn of an awakening in a student. When I noticed an ad for PRC in a bulletin at mass where I used to be a sign-language interpreter,  I put it in my stack of activities…

Maybe I could help?

My grandparents actually made me want to teach language.  They immigrated in the early 1900’s. My mother was born in the US, but her first language was German. German was all that was spoken at home. My mom’s cousin helped her learn English. When she started at the one-room schoolhouse, they knew  she was an immigrant…

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…