CELEBRATING OUR 22nd ANNIVERSARY!
DePorres Place, an Adult Literacy Center, offers classes in basic adult literacy (reading and writing) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Students meet with a volunteer tutor once or twice a week, and are tutored either one-to-one or in small group classes.
DePorres Place is a not-for-profit 501 (C) (3) organization, and is part of the Dominican Rea Literacy Corporation, an umbrella organization for six literacy centers sponsored by The Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Located at 1016 North Dixie Hwy, Second Floor in West Palm Beach, Florida 33401.
Our mission is to tutor adults in need of basic reading skills and spoken English language skills in a community that promotes learning and a spirit of family.
Mission of the Dominican Rea Literacy Corporation :
Responding to a crucial societal need, DePorres Place, Inc., a member of the Dominican Rea Literacy Corporation, exists to empower adults by providing basic literacy and life skills through individualized tutoring in an environment that respects and reverences individuals. We enable learners to transform their lives by acquiring skills to become successful parents, productive workers and responsible citizens. This mutual collaboration in adult literacy is a contemporary expression of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ commitment to education.
DePorres Place, Inc. was the vision of a handful of Adrian Dominican sisters and community leaders in 1996. Their dream was to open an adult literacy center in Palm Beach County that would someday provide one-to-one tutoring for those who could not read or write English.
The dream became a reality in 1997 when DePorres Place was incorporated as a not-for-profit literacy center. The first classes were held on May 21st of that year with nine students and three volunteer tutors. The classes thrived. Since 1998, DePorres Place, with the help of 615 volunteer tutors has taught 610 adults to read and write English, and 1390 adults to speak English.
DePorres Place is a highly regarded adult literacy program in Palm Beach County and was honored with the 2009 “Excellence in Education” Award by the Florida Literacy Coalition as “an organization demonstrating achievement, innovation, leadership and organizational excellence”.
As the population of Palm Beach County became more diverse, DePorres Place developed an effective conversational English program — ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) — for adult immigrants who wanted to learn to speak English. At the beginning of the school year in 2002, DePorres P.L.A.C.E. added this ESOL program.
In 2004, DePorres Place became a part of the Dominican Rea Literacy Corporation. This is an umbrella organization of six literacy centers run the Adrian Dominican sisters. As a part of this corporation, DePorres Place became an Adrian Dominican sponsored institution.
DePorres Place is a member of the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, the Florida Literacy Coalition and ProLiteracy America.