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ESOL Classes

At St. John’s, we seek to offer hospitality and friendship to immigrants and refugees in our local community.

One morning a week, we offer a class for mothers with small children. Our volunteers help primarily with childcare. We have a childcare worker who is from Iraq, Fatima al Gharrawi, who often cooks delicious snacks for the group. For more information or to volunteer, contact Karen Mahan (coordinator) at

One afternoon or evening a week, we offer one-on-one tutoring. IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services) helps us to identify students who are paired with our volunteers. Volunteers and students commit to meet together for a “program” of 6 to 8 weeks at a time. Each session starts with 20 minutes during which we share snacks (prepared by Fatima) and conversation together. Then the pairs break off for individual tutoring sessions. This fall, the group will hold regular opportunities for hospitality that are open to the wider St. John’s community. For more information or to volunteer, contact Michele Sigg and Tanya Walker (coordinators) at

Stay tuned for the details of our program this fall. Days and times to be announced soon! Please prayerfully consider becoming a volunteer.

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