Workshop to Help You Get Rental Housing

Are you having trouble renting a house or apartment?  Are you confused about the responsibilities of tenants and landlords? 

You may be interested in the 12-hour “Ready To Rent” workshop from Wake County Human Services.

  • The workshops last 3 hours (per day) over 4 days, for a total of 12 hours.  They are usually given once a month.
  • All workshops are in English.  There is *no* foreign language assistance, interpreters, or translations, so they are best for advanced ESL students.
  • There is a $25 fee for one 12-hour workshop.
  • At the end of the workshop, you will receive a “Ready to Rent” certificate of completion.

The Wake County Government website has more information on the workshops and their latest schedule. Below is a flyer on the June/ July workshops.

eady to Rent Workshop June/ July Dates

Ready to Rent Workshop June/ July Dates

World Refugee Day – June 20th, 2016

The United Nations has marked June 20th as World Refugee Day – a day that people can honor the strength, spirit and courage of millions of refugees worldwide. It is a day to recognize the contributions of refugees in their communities and to raise awareness of their struggles.

Here in Raleigh, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants along  with Lutheran Services is sponsoring a World Refugee fair on Saturday, June 18th .  

Please see the flyer below for details

World Refugee Day - 2016

World Refugee Day – 2016

Back to school!

Each year in Wake County at the end of August, kids in the traditional public schools go back to classes. Parents look for back-to-school sales for backpacks, lunches, notebooks, pencils and other school supplies. There are “meet-the-teacher” events and “Open house” events at schools.

Getting involved in your children’s school is a wonderful way to stay informed about what’s going on in their classroom. Be sure to help them with their homework and attend parent-teacher meetings and other school functions. It’s a great way to be involved with your kids  – and improve your English at the same time!

For all of you with kids in starting classes, we wish you a fantastic school year!

 

 

100 Fun things to see and do in North Carolina!

This website is from the magazine “Our State,” which produces stories and articles about North Carolina. The website has a checklist of 100 N.C. icons – in other words, 100 things that North Carolina is famous for.  See how many of them you know!            http://www.ourstate.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/NC-Icons-Checklist.pdf

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Improve your computer skills – from basic to advanced

Do you want to get better at using computers?

Here are some sites that are very helpful:

1) The Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) has many wonderful resources.

http://www.gcflearnfree.org/computerbasics

2) This video is a basic computer class for ESL students:

3) This website is from the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). It uses British English, but has some very useful lessons.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/courses/

Martin Luther King, Jr. “Day of Service” – 1/21/2013

 

This information was adapted from the website: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

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Every January, we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a national holiday. This day is a perfect opportunity to honor Dr. King by serving your community – for all of us who live in the United States.  “Serving” means helping others and volunteering in your community.

To learn about some of the volunteer opportunities in your area, enter your address or Zipcode into this website. You can also search for specifics kinds of volunteer programs and events. http://www.allforgood.org/

Explore this website to learn more about MLK Day and how you can participate:  http://mlkday.gov/about/serveonkingday.php

Here are three links to get you started:

Why Serve on MLK Day?,      How Can I Serve?,       Learn About Dr. King

Video: What is means to be a U.S. citizen

Watch this great 12 min video called “A Promise of Freedom”.  It has English captions (words) at the bottom of the screen, so you can follow along.  The video is from the website of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. (USCIS)

http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.acfc8bb2d633f506e34f4a10526e0aa0/?vgnextoid=abc777f48e73a210VgnVCM100000b92ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=c242df6bdd42a210VgnVCM100000b92ca60aRCRD