The best way is to sign up to receive our newsletters. We send out an e-newsletter every month with stories of our impact, along with opportunities for volunteer involvement. We also send out a biannual printed newsletter in June and December.
You're welcome to follow us on social media as well. Our Instagram and Facebook pages share tons of exciting pictures and stories that never make it into our newsletters. If you're not interested in joining social media, then just jump onto the home page of our website once in awhile. At the bottom of the page, you'll see our Instagram feed with all of our most recent pictures.
ESL stands for "English as a Second Language". In this context, it refers to English instruction for those who have a first language other than English. There are many acronyms that are used in overlapping ways, including ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). English learners are often called ELLs ("English Language Learners").
But you know what? This is actually not our primary focus. Language is simply the cloak that wraps around culture, so we work hard to address deeper cultural barriers. Sure, we offer a couple of English classes each week, but other programs in town are far more robust in their language education.
You can be a big help! People have a wide range of skills, and none of them is more important than another. First and foremost, you may be interested in just attending Table Talk. Just show up to this informal weekly potluck dinner to learn and connect.
Even better, consider signing up to be a mentor. This is our deepest impact work, and we will equip you to be successful. Learn more here.
You may enjoy serving as a host at our community center. Sit near the front desk to welcome people, get them signed onto our free WiFi, serve them some tea, and have a conversation. Ask us to learn more.
Absolutely! We would love an opportunity to share about our project with your group. Not only do we need community support, but we believe the community needs to know what we're doing. You can serve as the bridge that connects our exciting work with your own community.
While the greatest needs in Amarillo involve refugees, our scope is broader. Our linguistic strengths enable us to work with all immigrants, regardless of which category they fall under. For example, even though the Mexicans living in Amarillo are not classified as refugees, we are happy to serve them when we can.
Our primary focus is on the ethnolinguistic communities which are primarily made up of refugees (as well as people who were at one time refugees before becoming citizens). This includes groups such as Afghans, Burmese, Burundi, Chin (Burma), Congolese, Dinka (S. Sudan), Eritrean, Ethiopian, Karen (Burma), Iraqi, Iranian, Lao, Nuba (Sudan), Nuer (S. Sudan), Rwandan, Somali, Somali Bantu, and Vietnamese.
Our programs are focused on adults at this point, though we collaborate with local organizations who focus their efforts on serving children. Some of our programs, such as Table Talk and literacy classes, do offer childcare.
Yes, we require background checks for all staff and contractors, as well as any volunteers who wish to serve in our mentorship program or with our childcare team. The cost is $10, and we encourage interested volunteers to make a donation to offset this cost.
Yes, every January we send out year-end giving statements by mail. In the meantime, you'll also receive a receipt by email every time you make a donation. If you need additional reports, or for some reason you don't receive your statement, please just let us know.
We seek to mimic the life of Jesus by showing hospitality to the strangers among us (Matt. 25:35). However, we do not use our official events and programs to proselytize or teach religious material. We serve people of all faith backgrounds, and we invite volunteer participation from people of all faith backgrounds.