Volume 42 | August 21, 2021
This issue is all about Labor Day & back to school!
Greetings, Tutors!

The hot days are starting to cool, the long days are getting shorter, and summer will soon turn to Fall. The waning days of summer mean that fall is on the horizon, and a new rhythm to our daily lives begins again. To help your student transition to this new season, this issue of Keeping In Touch offers materials about children returning to school and Labor Day. Enjoy these last days of summer!   

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or need help with tutoring strategies during this time. Be well and take care.

With gratitude and hope,

Your Tutor Support Specialist
Tutor Engagement

  • Right now we have two problems. Our “good” problem is the there are 100 students waiting for a new tutor!  Our other problem is we need more tutors. Please help us recruit tutors for our program.  Share your tutoring experiences with family members, friends, and associates and encourage them to come to one of our Meet & Greet Orientation sessions to learn more about the program and the process to become a tutor. 
Resources for you & your student
English Conversation Groups
ESL Conversation Groups offer an informal and friendly environment for adults at an intermediate or above level to practice their English listening and speaking skills.

Literacy DuPage currently offers five virtual (Zoom) and one in-person ESL Conversation Groups and one in-person group. Although the following partner libraries host these groups, they are open to anyone in DuPage County.

Community Resources
Head Start is accepting enrollments for Fall Term. Click here for more information.
Click here for information regarding the October 2021 Criminal Expungement Clinic offered in DuPage County.  
Below is information on how to receive help obtaining relief from an eviction proceeding.
Hamdard Health Alliance provides multi-lingual medical care and services serving the northeast region of DuPage County. Click here for more information.
DuPage County Community Resource Service (CRIS) https://dupagecris.org/ provides information and access to services for DuPage County residents. Below is a short list of services available to all DuPage County residents who meet eligibility requirements, regardless of legal status. Please share this information with your student and others who may benefit. 
  1. Water bill assistance (200% of poverty until 9/30/21 goes down to 125% 10/1/21) bill must be in the client’s name or the name of the person on the bill must live at that location. Required doc’s: 30-day gross income, current water bill, proof who is in the household (lease, ITIN , Access DuPage Card).
  2. Rent assistance & hotel assistance for long-term hotel residents (200% of poverty until 9/30/21 goes down to 125% 10/1/21) need to call I&R 630-407-6500 to be screened if west of Rt. 53 or Catholic Charities if east of 53 (630) 495-8008. Will have to provide lease, 30-day income, proof of who is in the household may have to provide future ability to pay in some instances.
  3. LIHEAP 9/1/21 eligible for state funds, 200% of poverty, must have utility bills in their names, provide 30-day income and utility bills. Some cases may also require a lease.
  4. Vouchers for Clothing (Repeat Boutique & Poised for Success), furniture (Sharing Connections), and eyeglasses via Pearl Vision (200% of poverty until 9/30/21 goes down to 125% 10/1/21) 30-day income, utility bill or lease something showing who is in the household.
  5. Senior programs: Home Delivered Meals; Caregiver Resource Center, FCS funds (funding for a variety of senior needs (rent, medical equip, food, etc.) available 10/1/21), Choices for Care counseling, Transportation (available 10/1/21).
Activity Links, Online Links, and Lesson Plans
Below are individual activity links, online links, and lesson plans about Labor Day and back to school.
You may be able to use one or more with your student.
Activity Links
Lesson Plans:

Listening Lesson Plan
Online Links
Need help? Reach out to Carol Garcia today!