ESL CLASSES Part of the reason some women and their children are struggling financially and/or academically is a lack of English skills. Many of the women we are fortunate to serve have limited funds, resources, and English skills, and are not able to advocate for themselves or their children.
We offer ESL (English as a Second Language) Classes to improve the ability to speak, listen, read, and write in English. Students are evaluated and placed into one of three different levels based on their abilities. Classes are taught by nurturing volunteers using the Ventures curriculum and are offered Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 to 11 am during the fall and spring semesters.
HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY (HSE) classes are designed for women who do not have a high school diploma or GED. This program provides individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to pass the HSE test in the areas of reading, writing, math, science and social studies. These on-site classes are run by our partner, Dallas County Community College District. DCCCD also provides full-ride scholarships for post-secondary education.
BRIGHT FUTURES© PROGRAM The Bright Futures Personal Empowerment training course is a 12-week program designed to empower women to live up to their fullest potential by teaching them skills such as visioning for the future, setting personal goals, and overcoming obstacles. Through our partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers, participants also receive professional financial literacy training. Elements of the curriculum include: visioning/goal-setting, time management, mindset assessment, communication/collaboration, financial education, and job/college readiness.
This program also incentivizes students to enroll in higher education by providing those that complete the course with scholarships to DCCCD programs.
Parenting classes are taught onsite weekly through our partnership with Methodist Children’s Home. Evidence-based curriculum is used, including the Nurturing Parenting program, and Circle of Security, an attachment-based curriculum. Parenting education promotes the use of positive parenting practices, such as using positive language, planned discipline and family routines. It also encourages nurturing behavior and increases parents’ knowledge of child development and communication.
BIBLE STUDY brings hope to our moms by sharing Christ’s love and His intentional pursuit of them in grace and mercy. The classes also give participants another opportunity to practice their English while growing spiritually. Participants are grouped by native language when possible (Spanish or Burmese) in order to receive additional support.
CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER
The CHILDREN’S LEARNING CENTER provides certified preschool education by trained teachers to children ages 0-5 while their mothers attend PLH programming. Having an on-site preschool program removes child care barriers and encourages dual-generational learning.
The structured curriculum from local school districts helps prepare children for success in kindergarten. PLH follows Texas Childcare standards, but with lower child-per-teacher ratios.
Through partnerships with The Warren Center and the UT Dallas Crece Conmigo (Grow With Me) program, our enrolled children are evaluated annually for early detection of development delays or other needs.
MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING AND CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Each woman meets individually with a staff member to develop an intentional plan, including setting family goals and analyzing needs. A licensed marriage and family therapist offers both group and individual counseling onsite to both adults and children that are served by our ministry. We also connect families with outside resources that help them meet immediate needs such as food, clothing, utility assistance, furniture, medical and mental health services for their families if needed.
PLH offers weekly donations of clothing and household items, and a weekly supply of diapers for women who attend classes. Hope Supply Co. provides 70% of the weekly diapers given to our families.