Faces of Literacy, Our Story, Our Students
Posted on Oct 20, 2016 in General
Students of The Literacy Center were honored for their significant achievements at an annual signature event: Faces of Literacy, Our Story, Our Students on Oct. 4th at Muhlenberg College.
Muhlenberg’s Wescoe School of Continuing Education, King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC and Campbell, Rappold & Yurasits LLP were co-sponsors for the evening. The event which originated in 2013, features a photographic exhibition of Faces of Literacy recipients created by Marco Calderon, himself, a former student at the center, now an accomplished professional photographer who also serves as a member of the board of directors.
The three students, David Zinni, Eleana Turcios and Tiffany Soto overcame challenging obstacles, persevered through extreme difficulties, and are ultimately leading successful lives, in part through the education and assistance they received from The Literacy Center. Each story is a compelling example of the power of education, personal determination and strength of character.
Trials and tribulations in his life brought David from Conshohocken to The Allentown Rescue Mission in 2006. While homeless and living at the Allentown Rescue Mission, David connected with an educational mentor from The Literacy Center. Through hard work and determination he was able to earn his GED, and shortly thereafter began classes at Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC), receiving his Associates Degree from LCCC. He now serves as the Program Coordinator for The Allentown Rescue Mission, helping people who have walked similar paths as himself.
Eleana , a native of Honduras began her studies in Newark, NJ. Due to responsibilities at home her education was curtailed and as a single mother with a full time job, her first priority was her family. In 2001 Eleana relocated to Allentown and enrolled in ESL classes at The Literacy Center. She mastered the intermediate level and began searching for meaningful employment. With skills in exterior and interior painting she gained valuable experience but found herself a victim of discrimination as a woman working in a man’s world. In 2007, she took a leap of faith and made the decision to open her own business, ECT Painting. She is now the proud owner of her own thriving enterprise.