Art is a universal language that unites diverse cultures and eliminates language barriers. Simple drawings, colors, and shapes are common knowledge – yet are difficult to describe using English words to non-natives speakers. Non-English speaking immigrants and refugees find themselves isolated and frustrated while adapting to an English-speaking environment.

To help address the needs of the local non-English speaking community and their families, Glenda Burns and Hope’s Table, a nonprofit branch of Rolling Hills Community Church in Tualatin, Oregon, helped found a free ELL community program. The ELL program caters to the individual needs of their students by providing practical English lessons for immigrants living in America. In addition to providing the free English classes, Hope’s Table provides a free meal, transport, and childcare.

Click here to see a video about why Glenda Burns wanted to start this program.