For over thirty years the Riverside Language Program has offered free intensive classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages. Students are recently-arrived immigrant adults who are now living in New York City. Six-week classes encourage newcomers to learn English quickly so they can begin to pursue their dreams – dreams like becoming re-certified in the professions they pursued in their home countries, getting higher education and/or helping their children with schoolwork. Riverside’s stellar reputation in the immigrant community allows them to spend no money or energy on recruiting. This is all done for them by former students through word of mouth.
The CCS grant is used to benefit the neediest of students and keep 10 students in class by providing them with weekly MTA cards. It also provided 3 students money each week for food to combat hunger.