Education is Key to Life Change
Milagro House believes that a quality education is the key to becoming successfully independent. Post-secondary education and training are essential for careers that provide a living wage and offer the opportunity for our residents to work their way out of poverty and off welfare. With a mother’s new-found financial stability, knowledge and self-confidence comes the opportunity for her to introduce change in the lives of her children, not just in financial terms, but also in terms of academic support and focus. As students, mothers serve as role models for their children by demonstrating the importance of education.
The Milagro House Education Center
When a woman accepts residency at Milagro House, she must agree to continue her education. The Milagro House Educational Center is designed to help Milagro House residents prepare for and take the five-part General Educational Development (GED) exam, or receive enrichment studies to help ready themselves for admissions or placement exams.
Nancy Barton, Director of The Milagro House Educational Center, works one-on-one and in a group with students of varying educational backgrounds in the South Christian Street classroom. Barton, who has extensive experience in special education, develops daily individualized lesson plans to accommodate each student’s ability and learning style.
Students' needs are easily met in the small school, which is specially designed to allow for individual and small group studies. Retired educators as well as local college student volunteers supplement the staff as expert volunteers and tutors for the program.
The women in these programs also have access to computers at the school as well as in the residences so they can complete their assignments and study at home.
For the women who already have their high-school diploma or GED we provide support and guidance as they look at their options for post-secondary work. Fortunately, the Lancaster community offers many careers in health care so many of the residents look to pursue CNA, Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy, Respiratory Therapy, LPN or RN certificates and degrees. We also have a partnership with Lancaster General College of Nursing & Health Sciences. In addition, past residents have attended paralegal, clerical, and even social work programs.
Our goal is to match a woman’s aptitude and her passion with an educational track that leads to a job with a living wage in a reasonable amount of time. We want her to be able to INDEPENDENTLY provide for herself and her children.
We help the women apply for the programs and make sure all their financial aid is in place. Once they are enrolled, we support them with tutoring, if needed, and communicate regularly with the program to ensure they are on track and doing what they need to do to succeed.
At the West Chestnut Street location, we also have computers in our lab for our families to use so they may focus on their studies at home.