BENEFITING: GARCES FAMILY FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Jul 01, 2017
How will my donation make a difference?
Your contribution purchases equipment for a kitchen in our classroom and materials for ServSafe and CPR certification!
Garces Foundation is an IRS registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that Philadelphia’s underserved immigrant community has access to health and educational services. Founded in 2012, Garces Foundation currently runs three programs which aim to address specific needs within the community and are structured to change as the needs of the immigrant community change.
The Garces Foundation also works to connect people to the many resources that already exist within the city. The Foundation partners with several organizations to bring awareness to their services. Garces Foundation’s goal is to see that Philadelphia’s vibrant and growing immigrant community has access to the care and education they need so that they may actively contribute their talents to making this city truly world-class.
English for the Restaurant and Everyday Living (EREL) Program
The restaurant industry is the 5th largest employer of Latinos in Philadelphia, according to the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) of Philadelphia. Additionally, 25% of restaurant workers in Philadelphia are Hispanic. As a result, there are unique needs both the industry and Hispanic restaurant workers face.
In the EREL program, students attend class for three hours a week over a twelve-week session. This time is used to increase communication skills through language acquisition and learner confidence. Additionally, we offer cooking skills demos every other week as well as additional workshops in basic computer skills and safety in the workplace. Our goal is for students to gain confidence in their ability to communicate using English, gain additional skills for the workforce, and become active within the Philadelphia community.
The English for the Restaurant and Everyday Living program is not only a safe place to learn English but also for learning how to teach adults English. Teachers-in-training from the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, and Arcadia University regularly serve as interns in the areas of instruction, teacher coaching, and curriculum design. We are proud to be approved fieldwork sites with these university partners.