Aberg Center for Literacy Awarded the Episcopal Foundation of Dallas Grant


June 20, 2018 - Aberg Center for Literacy are honored to have received a Grant for $3,000.00 from Episcopal Foundation of Dallas. The grant will finance general operations that provide the backbone of Aberg Center's diverse Adult and Early Childhood programs. 

From the Episcopal Foundation Website

In addition to providing investment services, the Episcopal Foundation of Dallas offers direct financial support to the Diocesan community through an annual grant program. Since 1990, the Foundation has awarded over $3 million in grants benefiting parishes, schools, and other not-for-profit agencies throughout the Dallas Diocese.

While not a faith-based program, Aberg Center has been housed at St. Matthew's Episcopal Cathedral since 2002. The organization was originally founded by Charles Aberg and several other prominent St. Matthew's parishioners, and still boasts of several Episcopal church members as volunteers and key supporters. The foundation’s funding focuses on key areas of need relating to food insecurityhomelessness, and poverty. As such, the foundation identifies literacy as a key solution to these problems.

Aberg Center Receives IME BECAS Grant

Aberg Center student Maria Torres accepts the check from the Mexican Consolate's IME BECAS program.

Aberg Center student Maria Torres accepts the check from the Mexican Consolate's IME BECAS program.


On May 30th, Aberg Center for Literacy was honored to receive a grant from the IME BECAS program at the Mexican Consulate of Dallas. The program provides vital funding to local organizations that serve Mexicans in America and those of Mexican descent with programs that enrich and empower through learning. 

From the IME BECAS website: 

IME Scholarships is a program of the Government of Mexico that seeks to expand the educational opportunities of Mexicans abroad who seek to pursue basic, university or technological education. With the IME Scholarship Program, the Government of Mexico seeks to facilitate the academic and professional development of Mexicans in the United States, with the purpose of integrating and contributing better in the society where they live, as well as to link their knowledge to development. of their places of origin in Mexico.

Since 2005 IME BECAS has funded over 100 local educational programs. 2018 is the second time that IME BECAS has awarded Aberg Center with a grant. The $3,000 grant will go to support Aberg Center's Spanish Adult Basic Education (ABE) program, Spanish GED, and English Fluency classes, which are crucial to enabling Mexican immigrants the opportunity to raise their literacy level in Spanish and English, as well as attain their high school diploma in their native language. 

Aberg Center student Maria Torres was on hand to accept the grant check. Maria, a student in both Aberg Center's ESL and Spanish ABE programs, and a former Citizenship student, is a prime example of the type of student that IME BECAS is enabling. Through these programs, Maria is able to gain her citizenship, earn her high school diploma, and increase her English fluency, greatly improving her life and the life of her family here in the United States. 

IME BECAS Allows Students of Mexican Origins to Flourish

The Spanish GED class studies four times a week to earn their High School diploma in Spanish.

The Spanish GED class studies four times a week to earn their High School diploma in Spanish.


Each year the Mexican Consulate of Dallas distributes grants to organizations specializing in services to the Mexican community here in North Texas. The program, titled IME BECAS, provides key funding to our adult literacy programs, in particular our Spanish Adult Basic Education program (ABE), Spanish GED programs, and English Fluency classes. 

Many Mexican immigrants arrive in the United States without a high school education. This, coupled with low fluency in English and lack of understanding of the culture, make finding gainful employment difficult for many. The Mexican consulate's Plaza Comunitaria program, adopted by Aberg Center for Literacy in the Fall of 2015, allows students without a primary school or secondary school education to earn that in their native language. The Spanish GED program, long a staple at Aberg Center, remains a crucial option for students seeking a high school diploma but lacking the fluency or confidence to take the test in English.

The Spanish ABE program also helps students who want to learn English but have a low literacy level in their native language. A student who is illiterate in Spanish is unlikely to have the base skills necessary to successfully learn English and generally struggle to improve. In these cases, students are encouraged to enter the Spanish ABE program prior to entrance into English Fluency classes. Once a student has adequately raised their literacy level in their own language they are able to enroll in English classes with the confidence and basic skills necessary to succeed. 

Together, these programs, supported by IME BECAS, provide a vital piece of the literacy puzzle that English programs fail to adequately address. 

Aberg Center for Literacy Receives $11,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Adult and Family Literacy


May 10, 2018 – This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Aberg Center for Literacy a $11,000 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.

"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"  - Shana Harrison, Aberg Center for Literacy Executive Director.

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.

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¡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.