¡Pachanga! Sponsors Announced


 ¡Pachanga! Aberg Center's 15th Anniversary Fiesta is one month away and shaping up to be the event of the season. The celebration would not be possible without the contributions of the following generous event sponsors.

El Gallo

The Jim and Lynn Moroney Family Foundation

El Músico

Peter and Susan Aberg
Mary and John Beecherl

El Baile

Michael and Ronei Moroney
Andy and Patty Smith

La Piñata


Andrew and Elise Aberg
Randy and Becky Clontz
Holly Greef
Conway and Chris McDanald
Steve and Cathy Saxon
Marc and Janet Schoenecker
Gordon and MaryBeth Shapiro
Phillip and Donell Wiggins

La Mano

Scott and Lela Adams
Peggy and Richard Allison
Susan Catchings
Tim and Marsella Fults
Marilyn K. Haplin
Joan Hodges
Bob Kowynia
Scot and Anne O’Brien
Maurice and Diane Purnell
Kim Simithraaratchy
Jere and Carolyn Thompson
Peter and Hilarie Weinstock
Suzanne Wisenbaker
Shannon Wynne

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for their support of this event. 

¡Pachanga! Aberg Center for Literacy to mark 15 years of service


DALLAS, TX, MARCH 9 – –Celebrating 15 years of breaking the cycle of poverty through English fluency and literacy education, Aberg Center for Literacy is throwing a Pachanga!   

The event promises the colorful elements of a fiesta with surprises in the mix to ensure a lively tribute to Aberg Center’s life-changing impact on individuals, families and the entire community. Pachanga! is set for April 27 at Hickory Street Annex in Dallas.

The event is co-chaired by the husband and wife team of Michael and Ronei Moroney, longtime advocates of Aberg Center. 

“We are fortunate to have Michael and Ronei working their creative magic as Pachanga’s, co-chairs and producers,” says Shana Harrison, Aberg Center’s executive director. “And I’m delighted to announce that Cristina Barboglio Lynch and Cristina Lynch are honorary chairs.”

The mother-daughter duo have played increasingly supportive roles as advocates of Aberg Center’s family-focused approach
to literacy education.

¡Pachanga! features food, cocktails and entertainment as well as a raffle and  silent auction. For event details and ticket purchases please visit abergcenter.org/pachanga


Aberg Center for Literacy is a 501c3 organization that provides tuition free courses in English fluency, GED preparation in English and Spanish, early childhood learning and family literacy. Founded by the late Charles Aberg the program fosters a legacy of economic security that passes from one generation to the next. Now operating in two East Dallas locations, Aberg Center is led by Executive Director Shana Harrison, and staffed by a team of 10 employees and over 200 volunteers.

Liliana Huerta: Grateful for those who GIVE to Aberg Center

                          Liliana and her son Mateo at St. Matthew's Cathedral

                         Liliana and her son Mateo at St. Matthew's Cathedral

The “American Dream” ideology is a notion that resonates worldwide.  This concept of prosperity and upward mobility for families and communities is what attracts so many people to this country.  Hoping that hard work and determination will allot them the life they’ve always wanted.

Aberg Center student, Liliana Huerta is going for her “American Dream” with those very aspirations in mind.

Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, Liliana was 1 of 8 siblings growing up.  The long distance from schools and economic hardships prevented her from getting the education she needed.  “I worked in my mother’s clothing store to help support our family so there wasn’t a lot of learning time.” recalled Liliana.  She knew if she wanted to fulfill her dreams, she would have to take a big step, leave her home and seek an education in the United States.

Liliana arrived in the U.S. at age 21, unsure but resilient.  She knew that learning to read and speak English would help her odds of future success tremendously.  She also knew that there was little chance of finding a learning facility where she could afford tuition for classes.  A friend recommended her to a nonprofit that specialized in literacy programs and learning the English language with no tuition fees.  Liliana’s decision to take classes at Aberg Center would change the course of her future forever.

Liliana signed up for English classes and was very nervous after her first day.  “I was shy and in a new place…” Liliana remembers.  But more importantly, she believed in herself and knew that Aberg Center had provided her with the opportunity to learn in a healthy, inclusive environment. 

Fast forward to 2017 and Liliana is thriving!  She is currently enrolled in the ESL Level 5 class and also has her youngest son, Mateo, enrolled in the Early Childhood Program.  She has done so well in her studies that she was able to take and pass the citizenship test in English and is now a United States citizen!  Her next goal is to become a high school graduate by acquiring her GED. She still travels home every Christmas to see her family and show them how far she has come.

“I miss the food and the culture back home, but I’m glad I can go back and visit every year.” she says.

Liliana credits Aberg Center for helping her to provide for herself and her family.  “Helping others succeed is what Aberg Center does.  They took me in, changed my life and can help so many people with their literacy programs.” she says. 

Liliana hopes to pursue a career as a dental assistant when she finishes her studies. Her current and future achievements are examples of why Aberg Center for Literacy will continue its mission of building richer lives, stronger families and better communities.

On #GivingTuesday, everyone can have an impact!  Join us on 11/28 by giving to Aberg Center!


8th Annual Legacy of Literacy Breakfast


Belo Mansion was abuzz last Thursday morning as Aberg Center took center stage for its 8th annual Legacy of Literacy breakfast.  This breakfast celebrates the hard work and determination of the many individuals that contribute their time and money to the continued growth and success of Aberg Center.  This year is especially significant as we celebrate our 15th year of service in the DFW area.

Anna de Haro, Public Affairs Director at iHeartMedia, graciously hosted the breakfast and Victoria Neave, attorney and Texas State Representative, was the keynoter speaker.  Todd Williams, a longtime public education advocate in the Dallas area, received the Aberg Literacy Advocate Award and we also recognized past board presidents Charles Aberg, Becky Clontz, Janet Schoenecker, Holly Greef, and Mary Carter for their years of service and leadership to Aberg Center.

Our student speakers were uniquely effective as they spoke about the direct impact the programs at Aberg Center have had on their lives.  Curtis Major spoke about his struggles to finish his education after many setbacks and how he is now closer than ever to becoming a high school graduate.  Student speaker, Marta Velazquez, expressed her gratitude to Aberg Center for helping in her pursuit to one day become a school teacher and for allowing her to play a more active role in the education of her children.

Celebrations of dedicated service and stories of resilience and determination made for an interesting start to the day.  Aberg Center also started a matching funds challenge following the breakfast to help us continue our mission of building richer lives, stronger families, and better communities.  We want to thank our co-chairs, sponsors, donors, host committee, board members, staff and volunteers for making the 2017 Legacy of Literacy breakfast a smashing success!

About Matching Funds Challenge: 

The Aberg Center has a generous commitment of $12,000 in matching funds, and you can help turn it into $24,000. For every donation up to $12,000 that the Aberg Center receives by Friday, November 3rd, gifts will be matched dollar for dollar!  Click the button below to support adult and family literacy programs that build richer lives, stronger families, and better communities.




Ribbon cutting ceremony for newly renovated Casa Linda Center with TREC Dallas Young Guns Project.

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Aberg Center's Casa Linda location has another reason to be proud this fall.  Thanks to a collaboration with Casa Linda Church and the TREC Dallas Young Guns Foundation Project, the learning facility has gone through a complete transformation. 

The building now features a newly renovated computer lab and updated classrooms.  The TREC Dallas team also helped construct furniture, donate books and raise additional funds for the Center.  They also brought on several of their partners to help with the upgrades.  EHPConsulting, Precision Flooring & Demo, Carrco, Drywall Interiors, PDL Floors, Kellen Flooring, Gentzler, Gordan Highlander, and Armstrong all played major roles in bringing this project to completion.

"We have a really good group of people around us and when we told them what we were doing, they were excited to come on board and help." says, Kim, TREC Dallas Project Manager.

You can already see a difference when you enter the building.  The space is up to date and more conducive to learning and providing quality programs and services.  The revitalized learning center is a very encouraging sign for a growing organization.

About TREC Dallas Young Guns Foundation Project

Our high-touch, project-based approach is led by TREC members who identify, review and select the Community Projects we pursue each year. The selected organizations receive funding along with the pro bono professional services of our members.  We work to strengthen the community through good works in four key areas: education, housing, job creation and the environment.

Since its inception in 1994, The Real Estate Council Foundation has contributed nearly $10 million in grant funds to more than 100 nonprofit community organizations supported by professional services valued at more than $750,000 annually.

For more information visit: http://recouncil.com/foundation/



Aberg Center for Literacy Receives $10,000 Grant from the Orix Foundation


On October 17, 2017, Aberg Center for Literacy was awarded the Orix Foundation Grant. This grant goes towards expanding family literacy programs and early childhood program staff.

Aberg Center for Literacy has made many strides this past year to expand its programs at the Casa Linda location in order to greatly increase the number of families served. However, further expansion is necessary to meet the growing needs of Dallas families.  The Orix Foundation grant will help get us that much closer to our goal of building richer lives, stronger families and better communities.

About the Orix Foundation

The Orix Foundation is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities, and improving lives.  The Orix Foundation wants children and families to succeed - in school, in the workforce, in life.

The company’s former CEO started a committee to investigate how the company could best contribute to charitable causes, and the ORIX Foundation was born in 2009. This is an employee-driven venture philanthropy that is focused on the communities where ORIX employees live and do business. The city of Dallas and the Dallas metropolitan area are at the heart of this grantmaking.

Through its charitable giving program, ORIX has awarded over $8.2 million to charities, specifically ones that promote the health, welfare, and education of children, families, military personnel and veterans. In a recent year it gave out at least $2.1 million in 18 grants to nonprofits. This is a good foundation to get in touch with for basic services like food, shelter and medical attention. It’s also a big supporter of local education. Grantmaking has been on the rise in recent years.

.For more information visit:  http://orixfoundation.org/

(Source: www.orixfoundation.org)

Aberg Center for Literacy Honored with Grant from the Meadows Foundation

On April 22nd, 2017, Aberg Center for Literacy was awarded the Meadows Foundation Grant. The grant goes toward expanding family literacy, early childhood education, and parent enrichment.

Aberg Center for Literacy has made strides this past year to expand these programs, adding family literacy and early childhood education programs at the Casa Linda location, and greatly increasing the number of families served. However, further expansion is necessary to meat the growing needs of Dallas families.

"We are honored to be a first time recipient of this grant from the Meadows Foundation" says Aberg Center Executive Director Shana Harrison. "This generous grant from the Meadow's Foundation will help facilitate the growth and development of these programs in effort to serve even more families in the upcoming year."

About the Meadow's Foundation
The Meadows Foundation funds in the areas of arts and culture, civic/public affairs, education, health, and human services, with special emphasis on three high-priority initiatives: environment, mental health, and public education.

Algur and Virginia Meadows established The Meadows Foundation in 1948, in effort to create a wellspring of resources to benefit and serve the people of their state of Texas. They left the privilege of giving to future generations of their family, with the mandate to continuously improve the quality of life for Texans. This meant not only to give, but to give well.

For more infomation visit https://www.mfi.org/

(Source: www.mfi.org)

Aberg Center for Literacy Receives $12,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Adult and Family Literacy


May 22, 2017 – This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Aberg Center for Literacy a $12,000 grant to support adult and family literacy.  This local grant award is part of more than $7.5 million in grants awarded to nearly 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.

"With the opening or our Casa Linda location in the Fall of 2016 and the addition of early childhood education services at that location earlier this year, we have allocated a substantial portion of our resources this past year to expanding our program and serving more people" said Shana Harrison, Aberg Center for Literacy Executive Director. "This grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation will allow us to continue developing our adult and family literacy programs with an emphasis on quality, while helping more and more people achieve their educational goals" 

Aberg Center for Literacy provide tuition free daily ESL, High School Equivalency, Early Childhood education and Spanish education programs as well as a partnering with outside organizations and professionals to provide classes in finance, computer literacy, health, and citizenship.  As part of Aberg Center for Literacy’s multi-generational approach to learning, adult students who have children in the Early Childhood program are required to take a weekly Family Literacy class where they learn parenting skills, share experiences, and are provided with access to resources and information to help empower them as parents and enrich their family life. 

“Dollar General is excited to provide these organizations with funding to support literacy and education throughout the 44 states we serve,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO.  “Providing these grants and supporting the communities we call home reflects our mission of Serving Others and it’s rewarding to see the impact these funds have.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $135 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 8.6 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

About Aberg Center for Literacy

Aberg Center for Literacy is building richer lives, stronger families, and better communities through programs in English fluency, preparation for high school equivalency in English and Spanish, early childhood education, and family literacy

About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for nearly 25 years.  Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $135 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 8.6 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 13,429 stores in 44 states as of March 3, 2017, Dollar General is among the largest discount retailers in the United States. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.

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Thank you for Shopping Sabah to Support Aberg Center

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A sincere thank you to everybody who attended the Spring Fling on Sunday, April 23rd or who supported Aberg Center this past week by slipping on a new pair of sabahs.

All last week partial proceeds from the sale of any pair of sabahs went to support ABERG CENTER for LITERACY's SPEAK|WRITE|CONNECT approach to literacy. Without the support of generous people like you Aberg Center would not be able to offer high quality tuition-free programming 200+ adults and children this year.

A special thank you to Sabah House for hosting this stylish week of fundraising benefiting Aberg Center. 


Aberg Center for Literacy Honored with Grant from W.P. & Bulah Luse Foundation

On Thursday, April 13th the Aberg Center for Literacy was named the recipient of a generous grant from the W.P. & Bulah Luse Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee. 

The foundation was named after its namesakes W.P. and Bulah Luse.  From the Bank of America website:

The W.P. & Bulah Luse Foundation was established in 1947. Mr. Luse, a self-made wildcatter in the early Texas oilfields, and his wife Bulah created this foundation to support and promote quality education, human services and health care programming for underserved populations. Special consideration is given to charitable organizations that serve the people of Dallas, Texas, and its surrounding communities.

Recent recipients of the grant include Avance Dallas, Reading Partners Dallas, and the Dallas Furniture Bank. 

The purpose of the grant is to fund Aberg Center's general operation costs. As the Aberg Center for Literacy program continues to expand, this grant will provide key support in areas such as staffing, class materials, rent and utilities, and operational equipment. With this generous gift, Aberg Center will be able to continue offering a high level of programming, and staff the adult and early childhood programs with the committed, experienced employees necessary to fulfill program outcomes. 

Thank you to the W.P. & Bulah Luse Foundation for their continued support of the Dallas community. 

Liberty Burger to Benefit Aberg Center for Literacy with February's Give Back Burger.

Once again, Liberty Burger has generously offered to donate partial proceeds to Aberg Center for Literacy as part of their "Give Back Burger" program. 

Buy the "Give Back Burger" at Liberty Burger during the month of February and $1 of each burger purchased will go to support Aberg Center for Literacy tuition-free programs. 

The first Give Back Burger is the Tia-Wanna Burger:


If you are looking for a tasty way to support a great local business and give back to your community at the same time, order the Tia-Wanna Burger this February at four Liberty Burger Locations (Lakewood, Forest Lane, Keller Springs, Richardson)


Making a difference has never tasted so good!

Aberg Center for Literacy Awarded the King Foundation Grant to Support Early Childhood Education Program


On Friday, December 9th the Aberg Center for Literacy was named a 2017 recipient of the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation grant. 

The purpose of this grant is to "support the Early Childhood program" at Aberg Center for Literacy. The grant provides key funding needed for program expansion and the subsequent staffing and material needs. 

The foundation, named after its namesakes Carl B. and Florence E. King, was created in 1966.  From the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation website:

Established by gifts from Mr. and Mrs. King , as well as a later bequest from their daughter, Dorothy, the Foundation has now grown to more than $75 million in assets. The Foundation distributes more than $2 million per year to charities serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area, 38 counties in West Texas, and 32 counties in Arkansas.


Past Dallas recipients of the grant include the Metro Dallas Homeless alliance, CitySquare, Childcare Group, Big Thought, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

With this generous gift, Aberg Center will be able to extend its Early Childhood services to our Casa Linda location, which will enable us to provide free childcare and education to 20 children ages 18 months to 5 years starting in January of 2017. Consequently a number of adult students who were unable to enroll in our English fluency classes at Casa Linda due to childcare needs, or who were forced to commute long distances to our East Dallas branch, will now be able to register for classes at Casa Linda in January. 

Aberg Center for Literacy receives Dallas Women's Foundation Grant

Aberg Center for Literacy have received a 2016 Dallas Women's Foundation grant. 

Dallas Women's Foundation grantees are chosen because they contribute to a "positive social and economic change for women and girls". This important grant was awarded to Aberg Center in large part as a result of our Early Childhood and Family Literacy Programs, which allow women who have young children to continue their education without the burden and added expense of costly childcare, while providing key support to those mothers through family education. Currently 65% of Aberg Center for Literacy students are women or girls. 

The Dallas Women's Foundation, the largest regional women's fund in the world, is a trusted leader in advancing positive social and economic change for women and girls. The foundation "provides grants to North Texas organizations that drive change in our community, and in our world, by unlocking resources for women and elevating the dialogue around women's issues".

Aberg Center for Literacy is greatly honored to be a recipient of this grant and look forward to implementing the funding to further develop the program to serve more and more women in need with key literacy programs that aim to improve lives, strengthen families, and break the cycle of poverty. 

Aberg Center for Literacy Receives Jack Lowe Sr. Award for Community Leadership from the Dallas Bar Association

 Left to Right: Jerry Alexander, Peter Aberg, Shana Harrison, Janet Schoenecker and Katie Anderson

Left to Right: Jerry Alexander, Peter Aberg, Shana Harrison, Janet Schoenecker and Katie Anderson


On Friday, October 14th the Dallas Bar Association presented Aberg Center for Literacy with the prestigious Jack Lowe Sr. Award for Community Leadership during their Education Symposium at the Belo Mansion.

Members of Aberg Center's Staff, Board of Directors, and Advocate Council were on hand to accept the award from Dallas Bar Association President Jerry Alexander (pictured: far left).

The award honors Jack Lowe Sr., founder of TDIndustries and former Salesmanship Club President who served as chairman of the Multiracial Dallas Alliance Education Task Force in the 1970s and led the fight to desegregate Dallas schools.

Past award winners have included:

Past recipients of the Jack Lowe Sr. Award include Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship of Greater Dallas (2013), Vickery Meadow Learning Center (2012), Jubilee Park (2011) and Former DISD Superintendent Linus Wright (2009).

"We are tremendously honored to receive this award," said Aberg Center Executive Director Shana Harrison, "and to be in such prestigious company with those who have won this award in the past."

"We believe that the fight to advance literacy in Dallas is at the core of overcoming such issues as poverty and racial inequality, issues Mr. Jack Lowe Sr. fought passionately against. We would like to thank the Dallas Bar Association and President Jerry Alexander for their advocacy of Aberg Center for Literacy and their support for equality in education here in North Texas."

The event featured a number of speakers and panels, including a discussion with DISD Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa, the Keynote speaker at Aberg Center's Legacy of Literacy Breakfast on October 27th.

Thank you to our Legacy of Literacy Breakfast 2016 Sponsors!


A big thank you to the 2016 Legacy of Literacy Breakfast sponsors for supporting adult and family literacy and for making the event possible. 

We are ecstatic to have Dr. Michael Hinojosa as this year’s keynote speaker and to honor Krys Boyd on Thursday, October 27 at Belo Mansion from 7:30 to 9 a.m.  Yes, we know it’s early, but we promise that the experience is worth getting out of bed extra early! 

Get your tickets NOW!

Presenting Sponsor


Gold Sponsors


Peter and Susan Aberg
John and Mary Beecherl
Sapphire Foundation, Inc.

Silver Sponsors


Trammell S. Crow
Ann Parrish
Rob and Marian Richmond
Andy and Patty Smith
Mike and Mary Terry
Phillip Wiggins

Bronze Sponsors

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Michele Bobadilla
Becky and Randy Clontz   
Holly Greef
Joan D. Hodges
Mignon Jones
Tom and Jennifer Karol
Jim and Candace Krause
Conway and Chris McDanald
Eugene McDermott Foundation
Murchison Capital Partners, L.P.
Scot and Anne O’Brien
Maurice and Diane Purnell
Maury and Kim Purnell
Steve and Cathy B. Saxon
MaryBeth Shapiro
Janet and Marc Schoenecker
Teri Walker
Shannon and Kimberly Wynne

Please join us to celebrate the Legacy of Literacy!

Thursday, October 27
7:30 to 9:00 am

Belo Mansion
2101 Ross Avenue
Complimentary parking

Legacy of Literacy Breakfast 2016 - Reserve your Table Now!


The 2016 Legacy of Literacy Breakfast will be held on October 27, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas. 

We are excited to have The Dallas Morning News return as our presenting sponsor and Dallas ISD Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa as our keynote speaker. We will also be honoring longtime Aberg Center supporter KERA 90.1 Think Host Krys Boyd with the Aberg Literacy Advocate Award.

About Dr. Hinojosa - Dallas is home to Dr. Hinojosa. A graduate of Sunset High School, he started his career in education as a teacher and coach at W.H. Adamson High School. He has two sons who graduated from Hillcrest High School. He served an initial term as superintendent in Dallas ISD from 2005-2011, and returned as interim superintendent in July 2015. In October 2015, the Board of Trustees formally approved his return to the district as superintendent.  As someone who has experienced our public schools as a student, parent and leader, his expectations for Dallas ISD are high. He has implemented key initiatives, including the Teacher Excellence Initiative, more Public School Choice opportunities, and expanded Early Childhood and Career and Technical Education programs—all of which impact our Aberg Center families.

About Krys Boyd - Krys has been host and managing editor of the midday talk show Think since 2006. She began her career along the U.S.-Mexico border, working simultaneously at radio and television stations. A graduate of TCU, she returned to North Texas in 1999 and worked at Broadcast.com and Yahoo before joining KERA in 2001. At Think she has been a champion of literacy and has generously shared her time and talent with Aberg Center as a host and supporter of multiple organizational events, such as this Spring's Literacy in Motion.

To purchase your tickets or table for the Legacy for Literacy Breakfast CLICK HERE

For more information about Legacy of Literacy Breakfast please contact Shana Harrison at sharrison@abergcenter.org or 214-826-6501, ext. 105


New Aberg Center Location Approved for this Fall!


Aberg Center for Literacy and Casa Linda United Methodist have teamed up this fall to provide tuition free educational services to the Far East Dallas area.

The church is located at 1800 Barnes Bridge Avenue in Dallas, north-east of White Rock Lake, near the corner of Jupiter and Garland Rd. Casa Linda UMC were one of multiple locations explored over the summer.  Their church leadership, led by Rev. David Rangel, their large Spanish speaking congregation, and their energetic and committed parishioners made them the perfect partner for Aberg Center's second location. In addition, the heavily hispanic Casa Linda neighborhood had a great need for Aberg Center services and will, hopefully, prove fertile ground for it's expansion.

Programs at Casa Linda UMC will start in the Fall with English Fluency (ESL), Health and Financial Literacy classes. In the near future, Aberg Center hopes to add Early Childhood services, Computer Literacy, Employment Readiness, Adult Education in Spanish, and High School Equivalency (GED) in English. 

Registration will be between August 15th and Sept 2nd, from 9am-2pm, with classes starting the following week.

For more information contact Aberg Center for Literacy at 214-826-6501

Board of Directors Officers Elected!

Last week Aberg Center announced our new Board of Directors and Advocacy Council members. This week, we have our new Board Officers! Elections happened last Wednesday, with 2 of the 4 positions welcoming new members, while the other happily stayed status quo. Congratulations to our officers!

Here are our 2016-2017 Officers:

President: Janet Schoenecker

Janet Schoenecker returns as Board President for a second consecutive term. A long-time board member and great supporter of Aberg Center services, we are excited to have her leadership and experience back again.

Vice President: Patricia Camargo Bowles

Patricia Camargo Bowles may be new to the board, but she is not new to Aberg Center. Mrs. Bowles has supported the organization previously as a volunteer and advocate. In 2016-2017 she is taking the plunge into deep water, serving as Vice President in her first term on the board.

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Treasurer: Maury Purnell

Maury Purnell served on the Board of Directors in 2015-2016 and now steps up his involvement taking over as Treasurer. Mr. Purnell will use his extensive background in business development to help maintain the budget for the upcoming year.

Secretary: Ashley Shultz

Ashley Shultz returns for another team as Secretary. The long-time board member brings a wealth of experience and extensive knowledge of the inner workings of the organization to this key position.

We would like to thank exiting officers Mike Carter and Becky Clontz for their exceptional commitment to Aberg Center. Both are moving from the Board to our Advocacy Council where they will remain close to the organization.

New Board of Directors and Advocate Council Announced!

Aberg Center for Literacy would like to formally thank our newly minted Board of Directors and Advocacy Council for 2016-2017.

The Board of Directors works hard behind the scenes to steer Aberg Center, make key decisions, maintain organization's budget, plan events, and raise funds.

The Advocacy Council are ambassadors of Aberg Center, who go the extra mile to spread the word about the organizations programs and services and raise funds four our cause.

Without these two crucial, but often overlooked groups of volunteer supporters Aberg Center would not be able to achieve our goals year-in, year-out. 

For those Board and Advocacy Council members who bid adieu; Peter Aberg, Becky Clontz, Mike Carter and Kiley McGuire; we thank you greatly for your service and are excited to have you all in new roles on the Advocacy Council! 

To those new members of the Board; Andrew Aberg, Patricia Camargo Bowles, Jorge Correa, Elizabeth Kastiel, Monica Ramirez, Kim Simithroaaratchy, and Rachael Singer, welcome to the SPEAK|WRITE|CONNECT family! 

Finally, for our returning board members, we greatly appreciate your continued service, and look forward to your leadership and support again this year!

Here are the new Board of Directors & Advocacy Councils for 2016-2017

Board of Directors

Andrew Aberg
Patricia Camargo Bowles
Erreka Campbell
Jorge Correa
Elizabeth Kastiel
Maury Purnell
Monica Ramirez
Doug Reed
Steve Sale
Janet Schoenecker
Ashley Shultz
Kim Simithraaratchy
Rachael Singer
Evan Stone

Advocacy Council

Peter Aberg
Mary Beecherl
Rita Brooks
Cathy B. Saxon
Mary Carter
Mike Carter
Becky Clontz
Catherine Cuellar
Holly Greef
Mignon Jones
Candace Krause
Jim Krause
Chris McDanald
Michael Moroney
Kiley McGuire
David O'Hara
Jennifer Kinney Parnell
Ann Parrish
Betty Rosenthal
Milo Segner
MaryBeth Shapiro
Candy Slocum
Elizabeth Turner

Our Officers for 2016-2017 will be announced shortly. 

Performer Joaquín Zihuatanejo Reflects on Literacy in Motion


World Slam Poetry Champion and Dallas native Joaquín Zihuatanejo was one of the key contributes to Literacy in Motion, both on stage and behind the scenes where he organized the Aberg Center for Literacy Youth Poetry Contest and worked with event planners to put together the spectacular event. 

Days later, the Zihuantenejo reflected on the amazing experience sharing the stage with the best of the Dallas poetry scene, the up-and-coming young literaries, and of course the U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera.

Here is an excerpt from his blog post on the experience:

Perhaps the highlight of the entire night for me was when JFH preparing to take the stage for his one hour feature said to me backstage minutes before he was scheduled to walk onstage, “Joaquin, there’s a second voice in one of the poems I want to read tonight, will you join me in the poem on stage?” I could not believe. As I said an emphatic “yes” to him I remember thinking to myself, so many years ago I was a skinny mocoso from the barrio with a curse word for the world...how did I get this beauty full life.

The entire reflection, titled "We Gathered in a Flourishing Way" after a Juan Felipe Herrera poem, can be read READ HERE