At Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads, LCNV student and GHBC staff member Jake says he “is grateful to be part of this class” and for “the opportunities to learn while we are working or after working hours.” He appreciates the help from his resident coach, Mildred (Min) Sack, how she is “very good and very supportive to me, she is always encouraging me to learn my pronunciation.” He says that “we always have a second chance of learning.”
Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads and the Literacy Council have a partnership in which Goodwin House staff may take English classes at their workplace. Each participant is matched with a resident coach. Timing and choice of reading material is worked out between staff member and coach. I have the pleasure of volunteering as a coach to a Goodwin House cook, father of three, from Morocco. I call him, “my friend.” He is enthusiastic and very grateful to have this on-site opportunity to improve his reading and writing.
Our reading time is 11am to 12pm on Tuesdays. I wear a watch so that my friend will not be late for work. Recently I noticed that it was about 11:58am so I said we needed to wrap up the session. My friend replied that it was his day off but he came to read. That’s dedication!
I was a public school history teacher from 1966 to 1999 and I loved it. I retired essentially because my school system began classes at 7:20 am, making it necessary for me to get up at 5:30. Following retirement, I tutored first and second graders in reading for six years. I retired from that volunteer work in order to travel more. Teaching is somewhat like a chronic ailment. The urge to teach does not go away. This program has enabled me to become a teacher again and I love it.
– story written by LCNV volunteer and Goodwin House resident Fred