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Conversation Classes held July 11th, 18th, 25th and August 1st from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

Sewing Workshop were held on July 11th, 18th, 25th and August 1st from 9 to Noon for Working Common Earth Farms.

Spectrum Marketing donates computers, printers.

Spectrum Marketing Companies has donated 3 MAC Computers, a printer and paper. We are most grateful, since we can now accommodate students with technology from Monday through Thursday.

St. Mary's Bank donation helps upgrade Holy Cross Technology Classroom.

St. Mary's Bank donated $2,830 to the Holy Cross Family Learning Center to help upgrade the technology in their classrooms. The funds went to purchasing five computers and a printer to help adults with job searches, resume writing, English Literacy skills, as well as other skill building activities.

"Having access to technology, especially for Manchester's large immigrant and refugee population is essential for continued learning and job development skills," said Tom Champagne, St. Mary's Bank's Director of Community Outreach. "We're pleased to help the Holy Cross Family Learning Center obtain the tools they need to continue offering their vital programs in Manchester."

"Over the past two years the Center has seen incredible growth, which is wonderful for a place where people of diverse cultures from the west Side come together to initiate or continue their education, but we need to be able to support that growth with updated resources," said Sister Jacqueline Verville, Executive Director of the Center. "We're grateful to St. Mary's Bank for their donation to help support our institution where family values are strengthened, community building is fostered, literacy is nourished, academic performance is raised and diversity is respected and celebrated".

In 2013, a grant was rewarded to Holy Cross Family Learning Center for the expansion of the educational outings and sewing program. This grant was made from the following funds: The Oliver J. Hubbard Manchester Fund, Silent ā€œEā€ Fund, and the Van Arsdale Dewey Family Fund. Holy Cross Family Learning Center is most grateful for the support that was provided by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Through this grant, the sewing program was expanded to four days a week: Monday through Thursday AM and PM. A Professional Seamstress meets weekly to advise the Teacher Assistants new sewing techniques in order to keep up with various sewing requirements. These students at HCFLC were hired as Teacher Assistants to help guide students with alterations/repairs. Clothes can be brought in Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to Noon. Donations for services are accepted and are shared among students who have worked on alterations.

A trained computer teacher was hired to teach Introduction to Computers. Students attend classes each week. A schedule is in place and classes are rotated so that all students can learn the basic parts of the computer, how to save and print files, how to access the internet, as well as an introduction to MS Office Word.

Teachers are also be invited to attend volunteer computer classes to learn the functions of Excel for spreadsheet development, MS PowerPoint for presentations, as well as Publisher. We also encourage teachers to learn how to use Apple computers and how to use Netbooks with the students.

We are pleased to have received some help from the CDBG Federal grant to help pay our rent. We are most grateful for this gift.

In 2015, The Conrad Hilton Fund for Sisters awarded us some operational funds. The amount received was well received.

The State of NH has also expended some funds to HCFLC. This helps to pay a salary and materials.

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