In 1994, Sister Nora Brick, Ed and Ann Griffin joined efforts and founded Project Light to teach English to adult speakers of other languages (ESOL) in our community. They felt that competency in English would equip the students with the confidence and skills necessary to fully participate as productive members of our community.
Founded on the principles of access, equality, dignity, and opportunity for all, Project Light continues to carry out its mission.
Our student population is diverse, representing Mexico; Central and South America; Haiti and the Caribbean.
We at Project Light see clearly the positive impact we have on our students. We see their smiling faces and joy when they get their first job... are better able to communicate with their children's teachers and help them with homework... are able to advocate for their families' health needs.
In addition our students are great advocates of our program as they become role models for their peers.
Ann & Ed are founding members. Ann is still on the Board of Directors.
Project Light has operated continuously for over 20 years. Except for a paid part-time director, our teachers, office workers, and Board of Directors are volunteers. The hard work and dedication of all of these people is the foundation of Project Light. Project Light is a unique, highly accessible language and literacy center with morning and evening classes for English language learners. Project Light is a non- profit and non-religious organization supported by grants, fund raisers and a large number of generous individuals and organizations.
Th Board of Project Light took a big step in 2001 when they bought an old garage and converted it into a school with a thrift store to support it. That building now has six classrooms, offices, and a library with a fenced parking lot.
For Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, volunteers from Project Light and the community painted, cleaned and redid the mural on the north side of the building. See the 'News' tab for picture of the mural.