Partners are critical to expanding LIFT’s services to fulfill its mission to serve low-literate adults. This past spring, representatives from LIFT and Texas Capital Bank met to explore how their two organizations could work together to help low-literate adults living in West Dallas. An idea was put forth to offer free ESL classes in the bank’s Community Room using instructors and curriculum provided by LIFT.
LIFT and Texas Capital Bank decided to test this idea by offering one 10-week ESL Basic Level class, which would be held in the bank’s Community Room and managed by LIFT. The class was funded through a Texas Capital Bank grant and marketed to employees of Trinity Groves, located directly across the street from the bank. The class launched on July 10 with 12 students. In late September, five of these students completed the Basic Level of the ESL program.
Following the successful summer pilot, LIFT recruited more adults for fall ESL classes at the bank. LIFT worked with Trinity River Mission and AVANCE in October to market the free ESL classes to families in West Dallas. The Texas Capital Bank ESL classes are offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. To register for January 2019 classes, please call 214.824.2000.