Our Client: Grace Centers of Hope

As outlined in the project description, the focus of this service-learning project is the design of open educational resources and instruction for adult basic education. While the outcome of this project will support the missions of many organizations, those participating on this service-learning project are volunteers of Grace Centers of Hope, a faith-based outreach to homeless and disadvantaged individuals and families. Grace Centers of Hope provides a full recovery and rehabilitation campus for homeless men, women, and children who have been abused or addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, including a one-year residency program for adult male and female clients recovering from drug, alcohol, or other challenging issues. Clients in the Grace Centers of Hope residency program who have not earned a high school diploma (or equivalent) are required to take in-house adult basic education classes to prepare for the General Educational Development (GED) test in order to stay in the program.

Grace Centers of Hope has asked Designers for Learning to facilitate a volunteer service-learning project focused on the design of instructional materials and learning activities to meet the parameters of the College and Career Readiness standards. The request for help includes instructional resources for adult learners, as well as instructors and volunteers who work as tutors. In response to those inquiries, volunteer service-learners will design and develop open educational resources and instruction to prepare adults for their high school equivalency exams, as well as college or new careers.

As described in their most recent audited financial statements, Grace Centers of Hope is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is classified by the IRS as a public charity with $5.4 million in total revenue and support for the year ended 2012. Grace Centers of Hope’s goal is, “total rehabilitation by meeting all of the needs of the homeless, including food, clothing, shelter, educational courses, daycare, job training, and assistance in preparing resumes, substance abuse programs, medical care, and housing placement.”

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According to U.S. Census Bureau educational attainment data, over 30 million adults over the age of 18 have not attained a high school diploma (or equivalent). In 2014, the GED Testing Service amended the requirements for the GED test from the former 2002 version. The new GED test aligns with the College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards released in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education as a guide for adult education programs that prepare learners for post-secondary college and career training.