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What’s IELCE?

HopeWorks’ education programs extend beyond Personal and Career Development and HiSET (GED) classes. HopeWorks offers classes for ESL (English as a second language) speakers from more than 40 nations! Our Integrated English Literacy and Civic Education (IELCE) classes provide hope and opportunity – the HopeWorks way.  IELCE classes help students build their English-language confidence and acquire cultural skills that will help them secure a job, apply for U.S. citizenship and solidify their standing in America. HopeWorks’s ESL department aims to serve people from all over the world with a number of free classes at locations across Memphis and Shelby County. […]

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What stands in the way of meaningful employment?

The three things that prohibit employment for recently released individuals (education, opportunity, experience) and how to combat it. Getting out of prison isn’t the end of an inmate’s journey – it’s the beginning. There are several obstacles to overcome before reintegration is possible and, with a criminal record, these hurdles can feel insurmountable. At HopeWorks, our team strives to provide services that equip previously incarcerated individuals with the tools necessary to combat these challenges. Here are three things that can stand in the way of achieving meaningful employment upon release. 1. Education Most entry level positions require at least a […]

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Prisons of Potential

What is grace? Grace is being given more than we deserve. If we don’t think we need grace, we wont be gracious. Incarcerated individuals really push the limits of our graciousness. We label them as people who have said “no” to God (meaning we are people who have said “Yes”—which is problematic, as stated). Grace is seeing all people—even those in prison—as people who might say yes—not as people who have said no. Listen to this sermon from Eric Gentry at Highland Church about being gracious to those we think don’t deserve it.

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Alumni Reunion

PCD and Adult Education graduates come join us for an evening of reconnecting, Thursday, October 22, 6:30pm to 7:30pm. For questions, call 272-3700. We hope to see you there.

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