Greater Hazleton Metro Ministries

Greater Hazleton Metro Ministries is a cooperative ministry operated by Diamond, St Paul’s (Drums) and Conyngham United Methodist Churches. GHMM started offering English as a second language (ESL) classes to area residents in 2010.

0275cAfter a day-long training session in January of 2010, volunteer teachers hung posters advertizing English classes, and waited for students to come. About 15 students came for the first class and demand has continued to grow ever since.

A classroom was set up in Diamond United Methodist Church at the Corner of Diamond Avenue and Locust Street. Tables, chairs, blackboards, and teaching supplies were donated by church members. The original teachers have been joined by volunteers from other area churches and additional classroom space has been developed. While the majority of students are Hispanic, volunteers are trained to work with students with many different language backgrounds.

GHMM was organized to assist newer residents of the area arriving with limited English skills. These immigrants come from Asia, Europe, and Central and South America eager to make new lives for themselves in the Hazleton area. Many are well educated with important skills to contribute to their new community, but are unable to use their education until they develop better English.

GHMM is currently offering English classes, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s at 7 pm, and Tuesday morning. All classes are open enrollment, meaning students may come when they can. This allows flexibility for family activities and work. There is also a citizenship class offered on Mondays at 6pm. In addition a Homework Help class is offered to children of adults in the ESL classes. Children bring their homework and volunteers provide assistance.

GHMM is able to provide one-on-one literacy classes to anyone. The staff is trained to teach reading and writing and offer this service to anyone in the community who wants to learn to read and write. The literacy classes are completely confidential and scheduled at the convenience of the teachers and students.

Greater Hazleton Metro Ministries is always looking for volunteers to teach classes, and to assist teachers. Training is provided for volunteers, and foreign language skills are not required. Most of the teachers speak only English. More information on classes and services can be obtained by emailing GHMM at or by calling Lynda Habel at 579-4081.

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