Climbing the ladder, with a boost from you

Rosa headshotWhen Rosa says, “Thank God for The ILC,” she’s really giving thanks for supporters like you.

Rosa and her children came to the United States in 2011 to join her husband. For seven years she struggled to succeed at low-end jobs because she couldn’t speak English. She worked in places like a bakery and cleaning at a hotel. Bosses would get frustrated at her lack of English skills or try to take advantage. Customers and co-workers could be mean. She started working at Chicken & Rice Guys last year at about the same time she started taking classes at The Immigrant Learning Center. As her English improved, her job got better. She says now she’s comfortable talking to customers and answering their questions. In August, she was promoted to supervisor.

It’s your support that makes stories like this possible. Thank you.

Diane Portnoy







Diane Portnoy
Founder and CEO
The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.

The Immigrant Learning Center®, Inc. (ILC) of Malden, MA, is a not-for-profit organization that gives immigrants a voice in three ways. The English Language Program provides free, year-round English classes to immigrant and refugee adults in Greater Boston to help them become successful workers, parents and community members. The Public Education Institute informs Americans about the economic and social contributions of immigrants in our society, and the Institute for Immigration Research, a joint venture with George Mason University, conducts research on the economic contributions of immigrants.

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