Programs, ESL and Citizenship Classes
UNBOUNDED VISION, MAGNIFIED GOOD
The Gables offers direct service programming to support educational initiatives in our local immigrant community. Our programming supports our community through classes that serve adult students striving to learn English and acquire citizenship. The classes support students and prepare them for the naturalization process. We engage a wider community through stimulating, thoughtful, community conversations on immigration and other social justice issues.
The unbounded vision of our founder, Caroline Emmerton, carries a remarkable, generative force: It continually inspires us to dig deep into the community, reach out to partners and magnify good.
ESL AND CITIZENSHIP
The Gables offers English-as-a-second-language and citizenship classes to adults eager to learn English and those aspiring to become American citizens. The Gables also hosts naturalization ceremonies on its lawn for local residents who have completed our program as well as other soon-to-be citizens from the Boston area. Ceremonies are arranged in collaboration with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Questions about classes? Please contact Ellen Berry, Interim Settlement Programs Manager, at email@example.com.
COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ON IMMIGRATION AND OTHER SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES
In keeping with our Settlement mission, The Gables hosts a series of community dialogues to address immigration and social justice topics. Unlike a traditional lecture, Community Conversations encourage discussion between the speaker and audience members during the presentation. We have been proud to partner with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Becoming American series as well as Community Supported Film for past programming.
In 2022, The Gables has been hosting a series of Community Conversations centered around racial equality. These events are designed to engage community members in thoughtful and respectful conversation facilitated by Shawn Newton, chair of the City of Salem Race Equity Task Force. This task force was created by Mayor Kimberly Driscoll in June 2020 to assess policies, services and community systems in Salem and address systemic racial disparity. The Task Force surveyed Salem residents from December 23, 2020, through January 8, 2021, asking people to share their experiences and priorities moving forward in five categories: education, economics, culture, public safety and health care. The results of this survey were made available to the public in July 2021, along with the final report.
To learn more about this series of Community Conversations, visit the event calendar.