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October 2, 2011

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October 2, 2011

By Reading Works | Detroit Free Press

We are Reading Works -- an organization of diverse leaders from the business, education, media, civic and faith communities -- dedicated to significantly boosting adult literacy in metro Detroit.

We recognize a sad truth: Metro Detroit has far too many functionally illiterate adults, people often reading below a fifth-grade level, unable to complete a job application or read to their children.

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October 2, 2011

By Jeff Seidel | Detroit Free Press

Thirty-eight-year-old Luvanis O'Neal kept her secret for more than 20 years by hiding in silence behind a sweet, demure smile. It was easier being quiet. Nobody asked questions of the shy girl.

She was short and rail thin, a size 4, and made herself even smaller by blending into the crowd, never causing trouble and never speaking out, using all kinds of tricks to keep that secret.

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October 2, 2011

Robin Erb and John Gallagher | Detroit Free Press

On a personal level, the stories of people who can't read are of humiliation and frustration, of opportunities lost and secrets kept.

On a larger scale, Michigan's literacy issue is about losing hold of the future: losses in workers' earning potential, an eroded tax base, a drain on social services and higher health care costs.

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October 2, 2011

By: Chuck Stokes

WXYZ-TV Detroit - It's a quiet crisis sweeping metro Detroit.  What is it and why has an ambitious community effort been put together to fight it?  And also on Spotlight, why are three broadcasting veterans teaming up for a new radio show?  The answers will be revealed Sunday, October 2, on Spotlight on the News when host Chuck Stokes interviews Free Press Publisher Paul Anger, Rev. Georgia Hill of Plymouth United Church of Christ, Bill Bonds, Rich Fisher, and Rachel Nevada. Tune in at 9:30 am...

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August 24, 2011

Rachel Perez | The Michigan Catholic

Detroit — You wouldn’t it know from looking at the Mercy Education Project’s unsuspecting brick building in southwest Detroit — but there’s a story of educational magic that happens within its walls.

The Mercy Education Project (MEP) — which offers after school tutoring for girls and a GED program for women — has been enriching lives since 1992...

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March 20, 2011
Observer & Eccentric
Written by Julie Brown

Sister Maureen Mulcrone and colleague Amy Amador, a social worker, brought an important message to Plymouth March 15.

The women run the Mercy Education Project, based in Detroit's Corktown and serving girls and women of southwest Detroit. Sister Mulcrone, a Sister of Mercy, told of Melissa, who dropped out in ninth grade, as she spoke to Plymouth A.M. Rotarians.

“She had a child and then she had another child,” Sister Mulcrone said. Embarrassment came when Melissa couldn't help her children with schoolwork.

“We taught this girl that her mom could also get help at Mercy Education Project,” she said.

Felicia came from an abusive home and ran away. She...

May 1, 2011

DETROIT (WWJ) - The Mercy Education Project will hold its annual fundraiser ”Doorway to the Future” dinner at the Compuware Building in Detroit on May 5th.

WWJ Newsradio 950′s Marie Osborne tells us more about the organization dedicated to changing the lives of young women in Detroit.

“Eighty percent of the women who complete our program, get the GED, will go on to college, job placement or full employment,” says Amy Amador -Executive Director of the Mercy Education Project.

The project works with women who want to get their GEDs, young girls who need tutoring, or women who are transitioning out of prison. Amador says there has been about a 44% increase in the number of women seeking help this year.

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July 21, 2011
The Detroit News
NEAL RUBIN

Anna Koskiewicz wants to be a psychologist and run an animal shelter and open an international buffet.

She's at that point a lot of kids reach about the time they learn to drive, when the world is a smorgasbord of possibilities and the options are so inviting they want to try them all.

She's different, though. She's 26, and she knows from gritty experience that there are more closed doors than open ones. But she has two things going for her now that she never had before:

A GED, and hope.

She gives thanks for both to the Mercy Education Project, a nonprofit founded by the Sisters of Mercy almost 20 years...

May 29, 2011
AnnArbor.com

The money collected from competing artists will be donated to Mercy Education Project, a non-profit organization located in Detroit that provides assistance...

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Here are some recent comments from community members, volunteers, students and others who are commenting on Mercy Education Project.

 

"Education is an opportunity and can be transformational for our most vulnerable communities; especially those, like us, working tirelessly in search of the American Dream. Programs like Mercy Education Project have successfully removed those barriers for many and have educated our women and girls and is transforming their lives."

JoAnn Chávez, Vice President Legal & Chief Tax Officer
DTE Energy, August 2017

 

"….Literacy is a fundamental right and an essential building block for a productive life. Increasing adult literacy also ensures more parents can be engaged in their children’s education, ,making this a cause  critical to helping families break the cycle of poverty. Thank you to Mercy Education Project for their tireless efforts to ensure everyone has an opportunity to learn to read. Together, I know we are making a difference.”

Warren C. Evans, Wayne County Executive
Wayne County, December 2016