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Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport, Inc. provides basic literacy and life skills training to low-income women using a holistic approach within a compassionate, supportive environment. All women are welcome without regard for race, religion, color, c... Read more
Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport, Inc. provides basic literacy and life skills training to low-income women using a holistic approach within a compassionate, supportive environment. All women are welcome without regard for race, religion, color, creed, sexual orientation or national origin.
In 1987, Mercy Learning Center opened its doors to low-income, undereducated, marginalized women in the Bridgeport community. From the beginning, the goal has been to break the intergenerational pattern of poverty and illiteracy through education and empowerment.
MLC reaches this goal through these defined objectives:
to facilitate a community-based, holistic, women’s educational program fostering undereducated (without a high school diploma) females into confident and competent women.
to improve literacy skills (including: health literacy, employment skills, financial literacy, and STEM) for women of the Bridgeport community with the goal to broaden their employment opportunities.
to improve the status of women and increase female involvement; both as learners, teachers, organizers and responsible citizens of their own communities.
Central to MLC’s mission and motto (Educate a woman...Educate a family) is the belief that women who learn to read and write, not only, gain self-esteem, become self-sufficient, and reach their full potential as: a parent, an employee and a community member, but, literacy also has a lasting effect on their children’s education. The National Institutes of Health reiterates this belief, "...programs designed to improve maternal literacy skills has a direct effect on the child’s academic success."
I love tutoring at Mercy. The staff is understanding, knowledgeable and dedicated.Approximately 800 women come to the center to improve the literacy skills. However, it doesn't stop there. Students are able to receive help by a caseworker, social worker, computer teachers and learning specialists. The center focuses on the whole person.Students are appreciative of what is provided at the center and the dedication of the staff. The facility is clean and welcoming. Staff appreciate and respect you. The atmosphere is quite welcoming to a volunteer. Orientation and staff development are offered to volunteers every few months. There are a number of literacy programs for the women who come to Mercy. You can attend full day program or attend tutoring twice a week. As a volunteer, it is rewarding for me to see the the growth in the women who attend Mercy. As a volunteer, Mercy is a learning center that I look forward to going to on the days I volunteer.
by Deborah K. from Atlanta, GA
(November 27, 2015)
I liked this agency from the beginning. There was an full day of orientation and a tour of the facility before we started our tutoring. We were able to park right behind the school in a gated area. The staff was friendly, helpful and accessible. In addition, there was ongoing training for tutors as well as various workshops for the students. The students were a joy to work with because they were motivated to learn. If I hadn't moved, I would still be a volunteer there.