Words from the Center Director SHAR East, by Cheryl A. Olden
Words from the Center Director  SHAR East, by Cheryl A. Olden

For more than eight years, the Detroit Literacy Coalition (DLC) formerly the Detroit Area Lifelong Learning Coalition (DALLC) has provided multiple services to our indigent families - GED classes, specialized math classes, and finally computer classes. "Ms Elizabeth", as we fondly call Elizabeth Williams, our mainstay tutor has volunteered her time, heart and skills opening many new doors of hope for our women. Through her work and the leadership of Dr. Ntiri, Director of the DLC and Professor at Wayne State University, the GED/ABE program at SHAR has been blessed with literacy tutors. The program has also been blessed to receive three computers initially that were increased to four complete computers as well as a large laser printer. IBM has been a gracious sponsor of these computers. The numbers of clients served has varied depending on the needs and commitment to learning of the clients enrolled. Over the past five years more than 1200 hundred women have had an opportunity to increase their Math, English and Computer Skills through the Detroit Literacy Coalition's GED/ABE program. The lights have been turned on in so many ways from dim to a glimmer to food lights blinking as they learn a new concept/skill. 

At a meeting with Judge Lloyd @ 36th District Court some four months ago a guest to the meeting was a gentleman new to the area, volunteering his time to teach computer skills to indigent women in treatment. His only requirement was that the program, provide the computers and that he would meet the client where their needs may be. Mr. Gary Metts visited the facility and met with the entire staff first. Mr. Metts then broke the women into six groups of eight. Each group met with Mr. Metts for one hour twice weekly. He networked the computers donated by Detroit Literacy Coalition and added additional software to include interactive "Tom Thumbs" typing tutors. Lastly, he donated a MAC computer to widen the experiences of the women and to aid their exploration. 

The classes are based upon a self-paced tutorial provided by Mr. Metts and available for the women to use at their leisure. The women have two hours of hands on training weekly and additionally have an opportunity to practice and work on the tutorial independently for up to two hours each day. The availability of the computers donated by Detroit Literacy Coalition put the program in an excellent position to take advantage of his expertise. 

Clearly, the benefit to the women cannot be measured in a tangible sense. The impact of their participation in the class too cannot be measured as the incidence of rule violations and verbal altercations measurable dropped as the women were too busy to bicker. Comments made by the women include: 

"I never thought I could do anything like this. My life is changed now because I know that if I put my mind to it that I can do anything." 
A McClendon 

"We beat ourselves up because others do, so we think that we cannot do anything." 
D. Houston 

"I've had experience on the computer but now I understand what I'm really doing!" 
K. Elliott 

"I thank the Detroit Literacy Coalition for believing in and supporting women in recovery!" 
M. Sheridan 

"Ms Elizabeth is so patient and really cares about us learning and spends her time that is so precious!" 
D. Colvin 

"Mr. Gary is a genius. I want to pick his brain. He has given us a gift that cannot be taken away." 
S. James 

"I am inspired to learn more. This program has assisted the women and the staff!" 
B. Massenburg 

The programming brought to SHAR East by Detroit Literacy Coalition and the work of Professor Ntiri and her team of tutors started as the planting of a few seeds. The extensive garden of opportunity has changed and continues to change the lives not only of the women who directly participated but will aid their families and most assuredly the Community. We salute your vision, hard work and skill in delivering quality programming. 

Cheryl A. Olden
Program Manager

April 25, 2016
Naomi's Nest, Highland Park Detroit Success Story
Naomi's Nest, Highland Park Detroit Success Story

"When I was 16 years old I dropped out of school and developed an addiction.  I started drinking and doing pills....With the help of my instructor Ms. Donna Glanton, after 115 hours of GED class I have successfully passed all of the “Michigan Education Library’s” online practice GED tests and, according to the results, I am now adequately prepared to pass the GED exam."

December 18, 2013
Another GED Graduate!
Another GED Graduate!

Another GED Graduate!

October 11, 2013
More Struggles and Pain
More Struggles and Pain

More recent GED grades!

April 25, 2013
Struggles and Pain
Struggles and Pain

These ladies worked very hard to pass the GED test. In spite of unfortunate events that occured at the center during this time, they 
kept their focus. They came to class and buried themselves in their work. They were determined to pass and their hard work paid off.

April 24, 2013
April Graduate from DLC's GED Program
April Graduate from DLC's GED Program

April Graduate from DLC's GED Program

July 31, 2011
Detroit Reads Alumnus Success Story
Detroit Reads Alumnus Success Story

Willie White is another DLC success story and Detroit Reads alumnus.

July 31, 2011
Words from the Center Director SHAR East, by Cheryl A. Olden
Words from the Center Director  SHAR East, by Cheryl A. Olden

Words from the Center Director SHAR East
Self-Help Addiction Rehabilitation SHAR East (Women and Children) 
On site Literacy and Computer Services 

Thanks to the Detroit Literacy Coalition 

June 30, 2011
Illiteracy: The Battle That Never Ends
Illiteracy: The Battle That Never Ends

Illiteracy: The Battle That Never Ends


Interview by Ron Baines, DLC literacy tutor and WSU/Interdisciplinary Studies alumnus

June 10, 2011
Special Thank You from John W

A special thank you from John W to Karen of the SHAR House.

June 3, 2011
RECOVERY by Willie Barnes
RECOVERY by Willie Barnes

RECOVERY
By Willie Barnes 
Recovery is a lifetime, on-going process. It's a commitment for the rest of my life, one day at a time.

DLC News Home Highlights
Detroit Literacy Coalition receives Yelp Foundation Grant

Detroit Literacy Coalition receives Yelp Foundation Grant

The Detroit Literacy Coalition (DLC) expresses its heartfelt thanks to all its community supporters and constituents who voted in the YELP Foundation Gives Local grant contest!!! The DLC is so grateful to all of you who voted to help us win the $2000 grant prize.  This grant will go a long way toward the purchase of instructional materials, support of staffing needs and advancement of our goal of a literate Detroit one learner at a time. 

Yelp Gives Local!

2016/17 WIOA State of Michigan Award to DLC

The Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan, Adult Education Department has awarded Detroit Literacy Coalition a grant for 2016/2017 year under the Adult Learning WIOA Core Programs to support adult literacy programs for those in instituionalized settings.  The funds will support women in the Naomi's Nest facility in Highland Park, Michigan and men in the Community Treatment Center East (CTCE).

VOTE for DLC - a finalist in the Yelp Foundation Gives Local grant contest

Subj: Vote for us today in the Yelp Foundation Gives Local grant contest 

Great news! Detroit Literacy Coalition has been nominated as a finalist in the Yelp Foundation Gives Local grant contest. Now we need our community to vote for us to win a grant of up to $5,000.

Go to yfgiveslocal.org to cast your vote once per day from November 29 to December 9. No personal donation is required to participate in the contest and it only takes a minute.
 
We would so appreciate your support as a grant will allow us to make a change in the life of the educationally disadvantaged in the metro Detroit area. 

 Thank you for your continued support!