Siena Literacy Center builds stronger futures for 140 northwest Detroit students each year, starting with basic adult education and/or ESL and leading to strengthened families and communities. Siena's services are free of charge and powered by trained literacy volunteers. Volunteers provide one-to-one tutoring in reading, basic computer skills, basic math, and/or English as a Second Language. Educated parents and adults want to improve their lives and the lives of their children, which ultimately enriches our greater Detroit community and our economy. "What we do is a call that touches the individual, their family, and our community," shared Ed Moylan, Board Chair. Learners come to the Center at Christ the King's parish for many reasons, the primary one being, "I need help in learning to read so I can get a job." Also, parents and grandparents say, "I want to learn to read to my children or grandchildren." They are the role models to whom those children relate and are most likely to emulate. Thank you for all you do in support of our mission. Whether you are a donor or a volunteer, what you do on behalf of our mission can change lives.
- Since 1995, we have supported 2,000 students, most who began at or below third-grade reading levels.
- 90,000 Detroiters do not have a high school diploma or equivalent, the essential foundational skill necessary to get a job.
- Students come from over 15 countries. Women and men of varied ages, cultures and ethnicities are welcome at the Center.