Open Doors English: The Julie Rudd Coulombe Language Program is named for a life-long ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher in the Ithaca, NY community. Julie recently passed on from a battle with breast cancer; the JRC program is being established to continue her work and provide ESL services for adults in the greater Ithaca area.
Open Doors English will provide English language instruction, civics education, community integration, and English for employment to the region's burgeoning population of international residents (of which Burmese refugees are the primary constituents). These kinds of integrated services are crucial to support immigrants and refugees as they become contributing members of their new community.
Donations for this fund will be used to establish the program in a physical space, create a formal 501(c)(3) non profit, and promote it within the community. The current program, with over 100 students (and growing), is operating in a temporary donated space with an entirely volunteer staff of professional teachers. There is a great need for an office space to establish a center of operations for shared resources and teaching space.
Open Doors English is honored to carry Julie Rudd Coulombe's name and to continue her life’s work and mission through its services. Thank you for your contributions and for helping making an impact on this community.