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Literacy Council of Southwestern PA

Listing Last Update: March 30, 2021


351 Montgomery Avenue
Located at the Fairhill Manor Christian Church
Washington, PA 15301

Primary Contact

Lauren Berlin

(724) 228-6188

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Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To find a family literacy program
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills
  • To become a U.S. citizen
  • To improve my workforce skills

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer
  • Family literacy program

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Program Overview

Founded in 1985 the Literacy Council of Southwestern PA is a volunteer-run, privately funded 501(c)3 non-profit that has worked with thousands of adults and their families to improve reading, writing, and English language skills. Our goal is to empower students with literacy skills that enable them to lead successful, fulfilled lives as members of our communities.

We provide Adult Basic Education, GED tutoring and preparation, and English as a Second Language tutoring and classes. We also offer child care so that parents may attend class. There are no fees for any of our services.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower adults and families with literacy skills that enable them to lead successful, fulfilled lives as members of our communities.

Hours of operation: 8am - 4pm Monday - Friday

Cost info: Our programs and materials are provided at no cost to our students, thanks to the generosity of our corporate, community, and individual sponsors.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

Ha M., Student - Eleven months ago Ha married an American citizen and moved from
Vietnam to America. Upon arrival in
America, Ha found it very difficult to communicate. She is happy with her move but realizes that,
"With a new life, you need to communicate with everybody." Ha owned a bridal shop in Vietnam and would
love to open one here, but needs to learn English first. Four months ago her husband found the
literacy council and arranged for Ha to start classes. At first Ha thought that "free equaled not
good," but she was quickly surprised.
She loves that she not only learns how to speak English, but also the culture
and the way people think. She "loves the
environment of the classes and views the students as a family."

Luis M., Student - Moving from Mexico eight years ago for better work, Luis has struggled to find the time to learn English because he works 50 to 60 hours every week.Finally after many years of struggling, Luis came to the literacy council and started attending classes one month ago.Luis hopes that the program will help him to have better conversations at work and to better understand school work that his six-year-old son brings home.With the help of the program Luis hopes to be able to educate himself enough to gain a United States citizenship and to open his own restaurant someday.When asked what he liked about the program Luis said, "The teachers are nice, understanding, and patient and it is nice to be able to see people speak and make friends in the classes. I would never have a good life without being able to speak English."

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