The DCLC began April 30, 2014, as a partnership with the Kalamazoo Literacy Council. We have a total of seven active, trained tutors and one trained assessor from our church family, and two active tutors from outside our church. At this time, we provide tutoring in reading, writing skills, and computer skills. The hours of operation are Wednesday, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., and Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Our student population varies from eight to ten students per week. Students come for assessments, learning plans, reading instruction, writing class, and/or computer class. Students have been known to improve more than 3.5 grade levels in reading skill, and have progressed from being an entry level worker to being a manager at their place of employment as well as becoming more independent. This ministry helps us to understand the everyday challenges of being illiterate, whether one is 50 or 20 years old.
DCLC Committee members are: Sue Johnson, Nancy Maleitzke, Mary Smyser, Pat Stromsta, Ray Wicks, and Lawanda Walker (student); Remaining tutors: Jan Boutelle, Marion Burkey, Lester Coleman, Tom Forsch, Paul Koellner, and Donna Schoenveld.
If you would like to participate in this ministry, you may contact a committee member or one of the tutors listed above.