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Student Story: Salua Toto

When asked what memories or traditions she missed most about home in Sudan, Salua chose to talk about their Christmas time celebrations. “In Sudan, at Christmastime, everyone would contribute to the holiday. We would come together to celebrate. The adults would gather lots of meat. On the day of Christmas, everyone in the town gets together to have lots of meat that they all killed beforehand and we’d eat and we’d celebrate as one big family. But the celebrating doesn’t stop then; afterwards, for a couple of hours a week, many from the churches get together and we’d celebrate together till New Years,” said Salua. Salua left Sudan because her husband, Almluk, came to the United States and she

Student Story: Nestor Gonzalez

Nestor Gonzalez is a shining example of what it means to give back to the organization that has given so much to him. While all of our tutors and Group Class Instructors volunteer their time to teach our students, it is not often that our students get a chance to volunteer their time to teach. Many students would be too nervous to do so, but not Nestor! He attended 9 out of our 12 Group Classes in 2017 which means that he spent approximately 80 hours in Group Class alone. The expertise and experience Nestor received from these Group Classes made him the perfect candidate when, one night, 10 students came for Group Class and the Instructor called just minutes before class and wasn't able to c

A Simple Twist of Fate: Dennis & Densel

One of Densel’s favorite quotes, which means so much to Dennis as well, was from Fred Rogers: “If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” Dennis De Leon, a former student of Densel Rasmussen (b. 1955 — d. 2017), started his journey to the Literacy Council from his home country of Guatemala. He worked with Densel at the Literacy Council for many years, and during that time they grew very close. They would even meet at Densel’s house on Wednesday nights to study, share a meal, and watch Modern Family. When De

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