Embracing the Newcomer

Program Officer Caitlin Furey Mayo participated in a virtual discussion featuring Catholic Charities’ Spanish Catholic Center (SCC) staff members who have been working on the frontlines this year.  This discussion highlighted the creativity, resiliency, and strength of both SCC staff and their clients – nearly every program area has adapted to challenges and barriers brought on by the pandemic.  As one example, Laura Irwin, the director of the English literacy program, shared how SCC’s transition to virtual learning has made classes accessible for students who could not travel to Gaithersburg for the traditional in-person classes.  In 2019, Crimsonbridge awarded SCC a grant from its English Language Initiatives program to innovate their curriculum and develop a hybrid virtual/in-person ESOL course. This fall, the ESOL program includes students living in Wheaton, Prince George’s County, and even Guatemala!  If you are looking for an in-person or remote volunteer opportunity during the pandemic, please consider volunteering with Catholic Charities.