June 21, 2013
-- Detroit-area adults can help change a child’s life by tutoring children this summer at The Education Experience at St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center. The nonprofit Center needs volunteers for its July 9 through Aug. 15 summer learning program, which is free to students.
“Volunteers work one-on-one with children and are guided by our staff. Time spent both in and out of the classroom is dedicated to learning traditional curriculum and life skills,” says Diane Renaud, Executive Director/CEO of the Center.
The program meets weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The summer-long learning program is aimed at first, second and third graders. In addition to helping children build reading and math skills, the program provides students with experiences that they do not have in their typical school classroom.
People interested in participating are encouraged to call volunteer coordinator Sister Marie Judith Haupt at (313) 535-9200, ext. 3104. All volunteers receive orientation and training, and are assisted daily by the Center’s dedicated staff.
Founded in 1844, the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center most recently served Southeastern Michigan as a residential/
foster care agency for children. However, in 2006, the Center closed its residential campus due to elimination of funding. It was determined that rather than close the doors of the organization, to return to its roots – providing assistance to the residents of the community through educational program.
St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center moved to Detroit to continue nearly 170 years of service to the community through basic skill-building and academic enhancement for at-risk children and adults. These programs are designed to help build self-sufficiency skills for academic and employment success, personal achievement and dignity. In March 2011, The Education Experience was launched, with expanded hours and programs, to better serve the community. For more information, visit http://www.svsfcenter.org/