Colorado Refugee English as a Second Language Program
The Colorado Refugee English as a Second Language Program (CRESL) serves adult refugees who have recently resettled in Colorado, primarily in the Denver metro area. We provide English and literacy instruction, as well as job-readiness education and acculturation lessons.
Who are refugees?
At this time, the majority of refugees in the CRESL program are from Bhutan, Burma, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.
How the community helps
Newly arrived refugees attend classes in English and workplace readiness at Emily Griffith Technical College (EGTC) in Denver. For those who cannot attend classes, a home tutoring program is available. Classes at EGTC and in Colorado Springs and Weld County are taught by professional ESL instructors. Volunteers assist teachers and students alike in a variety of ways. All tutors working in the in-home program are trained volunteers.
The CRESL Program has been in place for over 30 years. In that time, thousands of refugees have received the benefits of English classes. More importantly, these refugees have also benefited from the kind smiles and extra help that our volunteers bring to the program.
We're looking for a few good volunteers
Our program is always growing and our volunteer needs are always unmet. If you are interested in joining our program as a volunteer, we invite you to explore this site further for more information.