Latest OSCS Stories

Fatuma's Story

This Was Her Proudest Moment of the Semester

Students at the English Learning Center are often eager to share their gratitude for all that the school does for them. But we are just as fortunate for the many gifts and talents that students share with us. Students like Fatuma. Despite facing many difficult life events, including fleeing her home at age 5 when…

Tara - Permanent Supportive Housing resident

Beyond Mental Illness: Learning to Live Again

“I fought so long against entering the shelter system. I had heard so many horror stories – that once you get in, you never get out. But I have not found this to be the case at all. Our Saviour’s Housing rescued me.” I’ve struggled with mental illness my whole life. Officially, my diagnosis is…


What’s Good for Mom Is Good for All

Asha is a student at the English Learning Center. She’s also a mom. And understands better than anyone the importance of education for her and her family. Asha knows what life is like without it. She was in second grade when civil war broke out in Somalia and she, her mother, and 8 siblings fled…


A Mother’s Day She Won’t Forget

Sandy is a resident in Our Saviour’s Transitional Housing Program. She’s also a mom. And as of this writing, hasn’t seen her son in more than 2 years. When Sandy came to us last September, she’d been homeless since November 2012–the result of a job loss and divorce from her emotionally and verbally abusive husband. Of…

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Being at OSH makes me realize that anything can happen to anyone, and that’s why you’ve got to help people out. There are some good vibes here and a really cool sense of community. Everyone’s kind of in it together. It feels great to see familiar faces when I return!

Stacey OSH Volunteer

If we’re going to serve, we should do it year around. You don’t just care about someone once a year.

Joy Volunteer Breakfast Server

I really enjoy teaching and interacting with the students. Everyone at the English Learning Center Program brightens my day!

Emily Volunteer English Teacher

We are blessed to be involved… and we feel like we’re helping in some small way.

Dianna Volunteer Shelter Dinner Server

On the surface I help people balance their check book, understand their child’s math assignments, and ensure they can calculate simple financial transactions. But what I really do, what all tutors at the English Learning Center really do, is act as a guide. We guide people across a cultural bridge to a place very different from the one they have known their entire life. And though we ask nothing in return for our contribution to their journey, they pay us by giving us a better understanding of their culture and who they are.

Matt Volunteer Math Teacher