COVID-19 brought many changes to our lives. For those struggling to read and speak English, the past few months have highlighted the importance of knowing English and the necessity of being able to advocate for themselves.
For example, safety measures may not be translated into a learner's native language, or English skills are needed to help kids learn from home. 
One program in West Chicago is helping those struggling with limited English literacy skills and the economic impact of COVID-19.

Puente del Pueblo: Literacy DuPage tutoring program
Puente Del Pueblo (PDP) is an outreach ministry at Wheaton Bible Church and is also one of our partners. In this unique partnership, Wheaton Bible Church finds learners through PDP's predominantly Spanish-speaking population and recruits tutors from the Wheaton Bible Church congregation. Literacy DuPage trains those tutors and provides ongoing tutor-learner support for the program. 
In a typical year, Literacy DuPage and Wheaton Bible Church recruit potential tutors during church mission fairs. With the onset of COVID-19, however, the mission fairs were put on hold. 
Mission fairs now are back, and we're holding a virtual Meet & Greet and training session at Wheaton Bible Church later this year. 
I recently caught up with Rosie Delgado, the program director of adult services at Puente del Pueblo, to learn about how the PDP tutoring program has transformed over the past few months and what she hopes for the future.