Poor English-language skills can increase isolation
Not knowing English in America can cause a learner to feel lonely and detached. For Literacy DuPage learner Soyoung, not being able to interact in her community left her with feelings of depression. Then she heard about Literacy DuPage from a friend, and she was excited for the opportunity to overcome her English-language struggles. 
In 2019, Soyoung was matched with tutor Kim, and they’ve been working together ever since. After retirement, Kim was looking for a volunteer opportunity, and she felt Literacy DuPage’s mission was a good fit for her. After she completed training, she was delighted to be paired with Soyoung and able to help out.