We have long recognized the role English acquisition plays in successful integration and have been thankful for the programs in our community that have facilitated that opportunity for those we serve. However, when World Relief Atlanta hired Mary Baxter in 2016, we were encouraged by her offer to leverage her academic background in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to help us re-launch our own English as a Second Language (ESL) program. By surveying what was already provided by other organizations and taking into account recent decreases in new refugee arrivals, we were able to model our program after the example of another World Relief office to meet a need for short-term, intensive, vocational ESL instruction in Clarkston.
Through our new ESL program, we equip refugees and immigrants with critical language skills necessary to integration. We offer ESL instruction through both intensive, vocational English classes and in-home tutoring for those with obstacles to class attendance.