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Keeping In Touch, Volume 12

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Good Morning Tutors!

Given the current events, thank you, tutors, for continuing to support and help our students develop their voice, feel empowered, and have the confidence to advocate for themselves and their families. Do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or need help with tutoring strategies during this time. Be well, and take care. 

This week's edition is focused on domestic abuse/domestic violence. DuPage County services providers have seen an increase in the number of reported incidences occurring in the county. Domestic abuse/domestic violence is a problem, regardless of who the victim is – woman or man. This is a human issue and a non-gender specific one. As I researched ESL curriculum and instructional materials to share with you, I was surprised that there is very little ESL curriculum around this topic. 

Domestic abuse/domestic violence is defined as physical, sexual, emotional and/or mental. Any form is unacceptable. I believe an essential instructional goal for tutors is to increase your student's awareness of domestic abuse/domestic violence and the surrounding concepts which affect people and families. We do not want anyone to suffer in silence. We want those affected to have the courage to speak up and out. No one should have to suffer violence or abuse in any relationship. Often, children involved in the family relationship will take the scars from their exposure to the family dynamics into adulthood.

With gratitude and hope, 

Carol Garcia
Tutor Support Specialist
Light a Spark Through Literacy
Announcement - Immigrant Family Support:

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Office of Welcoming Centers for Immigrant and Refugee Services just launched the COVID-19 Immigrant Family Support Project. IDHS is dedicating $2M in pandemic emergency cash assistance to Illinois immigrants,  regardless of status. 

The organization in our area which is authorized to administer funds is Family Focus Aurora, 550 Second Ave., Aurora, IL 60505. Phone: (331) 256-7104
Family Focus in Aurora is ready to respond to questions and will begin accepting applications the week of June 7 th , 2020.

This project will be implemented in coordination with the Immigration Funder Collaborative (IFC) and ICIRR, who will administer the funds through community-based organizations. Organizations will screen applicants for eligibility. 
In order to be eligible for the cash assistance, applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Be a resident of Illinois.
  • Have experienced an income disruption due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (either a job loss or reduction in hours).
  • Not be eligible for any federal stimulus, unemployment insurance and/or public benefits.
* Priority will be given to households with income below 200% federal poverty level.
** This assistance will not be considered in the public charge

Those interested in applying should text COVID to 52886 to receive a list of participating organizations and more information for applying or visit  https://www.icirr.org/covidil  

For more information on the project: 

Domestic Violence curriculum by the Minnesota Literacy Council

What Should She Do Curriculum:
Food Pantry Resources - A Partial List:

Neighborhood FP at LCM
  • 580 N. Kuhn Road, Carol Stream, 630-665-5188 
Monday 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m
Wayne Township Pantry
  • 27W031 North Ave., West Chicago, 630-231-7173
Wednesday 10 a.m -1:45 p.m.

Milton Township Pantry 
  • 1492 N. Main St., Wheaton, 630-668-1616; Call for an appointment
People’s Resource Center - Wheaton
  • 201 S. Naperville Rd., Wheaton, 630-682-5402
Tuesday 8:30 - 11:15 a.m., Wednesday 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 - 11:45 a.m.
People's Resource Center -Westmont
  • 104 Chestnut Ave, Westmont, IL
Tuesday 8:30am -11:15am, Thursday 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Saturday 8:30am - 11:15am
Glen Ellyn Food Pantry
  • 493 Forest Ave, Glen Ellyn, 630-469-8668
Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-12:30p, Tuesday 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Immanuel Presbyterian
  • 29W260 Batavia Road, Warrenville, 630-929-3923
Sunday 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Tuesday 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

For information about DuPage County food pantries: 
LDP Staff Directory, Quick Reference:

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