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Welcoming the Stranger

Listing Last Update: January 17, 2019

Location

216 E Richardson Ave
PO Box 1156
Langhorne, PA 19047
www.welcomingthestranger.org

Primary Contact

Meg Eubank

(215) 702-3445

meg@welcomingthestranger.org

Educational services

  • Reading and writing
  • To help my child learn
  • English language
  • How to use Computers/Technology
  • Volunteer at a Program
  • Citizenship Classes

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer

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Program Overview

Welcoming the Stranger provides free classes in English, computer skills, and citizenship preparation to adult immigrants and refugees in Bucks County and Montgomery County PA, and Hunterdon County, PA and surrounding areas in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Currently classes are offered in Bensalem, Doylestown, Hatboro, Harleysville, Langhorne, Levittown, Morrisville, Southampton, and Warminster, Pennsylvania, and Lambertville, NJ. Classes are offered to all students regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin. Welcoming the Stranger has served over 4,000 students from 104 different different countries since our inception in 1999. Visit our website's "Classes" page for this term's schedule.

Mission Statement

Welcoming the Stranger is a non-profit educational ministry that provides free educational opportunities to immigrants and refugees in the United States. We do this in response to Jesus' instruction to his disciples that they should always welcome the strangers in their midst (Matt. 25:35). We provide free classes in English, computer skills, and citizenship preparation to adult immigrants and refugees in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Classes are offered to all students regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin.

Hours of operation: Monday - Saturday 9am-9pm, see schedule for specific class times

Cost info: Classes are free to all students. There is no cost. Students may join classes at any time (rolling admission and no attendance policy). Lessons are individualized to best serve each person's needs.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

"Welcoming the Stranger, I can't thank you enough for all my ESL teachers. I don't only learn English in the class, but also about American culture, people, and life. ESL class is not just a place to study, but a place where I can talk freely about anything away from home. Because I'm a stay-at-home mom, classes give me the opportunity to speak English with adults and learn more about America. You don't know how much I enjoy the class. It's a part of my everyday life. I appreciate all of my teachers giving their precious time to support us." - Chiharu, Japan

"I have now attended this English class for almost two years. I come twice a week. I come to learn English, to see people, to listen to their stories, problems and opinions, and to share with them what has happened to me. Today I feel much more optimistic and self-confident." - Liza, Russia

"I understand that all of my experience and knowledge I cannot apply here. I can't understand other people and I can't explain my needs. One more difficulty is living in a part of America where people have learned to live without using English. In Northeast Philadelphia, where I live, there are Russian markets, medial professionals, dentists, lawyers, everything. This is the reason why people close themselves into their small world. I want to have a full life! Welcoming the Stranger is giving me this opportunity to be free. They help make barriers disappear. " - Marina, Kyrgyzstan

"Pronunciation, hearing, and speaking are our main English problems in comparison with the vocabulary, grammar, reading, and writing. Learning to use English daily, improving our pronunciation, and becoming familiar with common English expressions are our priority. Fortunately in the "Welcoming the Stranger's classes", the hard working native English speakers teach us English, and we can focus on listening and speaking which is our greatest need. The subjects we discuss in the classes are helpful, interesting and amusing, too. We appreciate the kindness and support we receive from Welcoming the Stranger and we wish health and success to them." - Parvin & Mohammad, Iran

"The economy in my country was bad. In my country, we have too many sad people. I wanted to make a better life here in America. This class helps me with writing, grammar, and I also get to meet more people. It's great! You don't feel alone, otherwise, you feel like a stranger." - Nijole, Lithuania

"I was a pilot in Iraq. The Iranian militia killed all the pilots, doctors, and engineers. [After four years living in a refugee camp] the United Nations came to me and resettled me and my family here. It's very good. I understand what to communicate. [Welcoming the Stranger] is a very good teacher." - Zaid, Iraq

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