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Listing Last Update: February 26, 2014


101 Calcutt Ave
Dyersburg, TN 38024

Primary Contact

James Luvene

(731) 285-1465

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To help my child learn
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To learn English
  • To improve my technology skills

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer

Program Overview

February 25th, 2014 National Literacy Program Information Program Overview: Ross UMC (sister churches Lighthouse, and Hughlett UMC) serves a Demographic population where 65-70 of the community live at or below the National Poverty Level. All of our programs are focused on breaking the cycle of poverty. Education: We serve a community with a High (School) dropout rate and high teenage pregnancy. • Early Literacy Program: Ross U.M.C. was the First Church in Dyersburg to partner with the public schools and offer a summer reading programs for children entering the first grade. Goal is to help incoming children start school on Grade level reading and not behind. • MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) because of the high number of teenage pregnancies in our community Ross UMC. Decided to start a MOPS chapter (focusing on teenage mothers). Because most of the teenage mothers come from low income homes we saw a opportunity to help both mother and child by helping the mother obtain strong parenting skills and life skills. The mothers receive counseling and tutoring to help finishing their educational goals. • Transitions – Ross, Lighthouse and Hughlett U.M.C. (UMW) Work together to offer support and outreach to transitions (a home for battered and drug addicted women). Our church offers support, worship and training for these women to help them prepare to be reconnected with their families and communities. • Summer Feeding Program – Ross UMC and the UT Extension office of Dyer County (4th year of program) offer a safe place during the months of June to August each year for children to get a wholesome breakfast and lunch while receiving instruction for class work each day. We feed over 200 children per week thru our summer feeding program. These are but a few of our outreach programs, because we are a small church (45 – 50 members) and we serve a very low income community our resources are stretched very thin.

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