English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Since January 2017, UU Lansing has worked with community organizations—first with the A+ English Language School, and then with the Refugee Development Center (RDC)—to offer English classes for refugees and immigrants living in the Lansing area. The church provides low-cost rent of classrooms and childcare space, and some UU members serve as teachers, tutors, and volunteers in the program, in addition to RDC staff and community volunteers.

Currently, three levels of English training are provided—for emergent, beginning and intermediate/advanced students—four nights per week, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. The classes are free, as is childcare for students enrolled in the program. Approximately 45-55 students and 10-15 children attend the program each night. The program serves students from Bhutan, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Myanmar, Cuba, Venezuela, and a variety of other countries.