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Educational Programs


Learning English Can Be Challenging photo of students and teacher

Learning English can be challenging

English as a Second Language Classes (ESL)

ESL class curriculum is designed to meet a variety of skill levels. Child care is provided for adults who need this service in order to attend the classes. Classes begin in September following registration.

Morning ESL Classes are offered Monday and Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 am. Evening ESL Classes are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

We ask for a $20 donation per semester for classes and a donation for child care services. For more information call 843-559-4109 ext. 102 or email: Maria.Gurovich@olmoutreach.org

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Child Learning Center

Child Learning Center

While adults are in class their children are learning new developmental skills in the Child Learning Center (ages 18 months – 4 years). Along with the basic curriculum, time is also dedicated to other topics such as parenting, basic health and wellness and community development. In addition, through a partnership with the Johns Island Library, we offer a parent/child story time called, "Terrific Twos and Threes." For a schedule, or for more information about our Child Learning Center, please be in touch with Wendy.Geuss@olmoutreach.org

Parenting Classes

Free DSS Approved Parenting Classes Meet families and share the challenges of running a family every Tuesday from 9-10:30am. Classes are for parents, grandparents and all types of caregivers. Classes will be held at the Education Building on 1684 Brownswood Rd, Johns Island SC. Accredited by Parents Anonymous® of South Carolina. For more information contact Family Corps at (843) 747-0480 or go to www.Family-Corps.org.

GED Preparation Classes

Our GED preparation program helps adult learners (22 and older) improve in math, reading and writing skills to prepare them for the GED examination. A child development program is available during classes for the children of participants who are 18 months or older. Regular attendance is required. For additional information call 559-4109 Ext. 102 or email: cynthia_wells@charleston.k12.sc.us .

GED preparation classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

Next registration date: March 7, 2017 at 9 am


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Learning is fun!

“Yes, I Can” After School Program

“Yes, I Can” after school program meets Monday through Thursday from 3:30 – 5:00 pm during the school year in accordance with the Charleston Country School District Calender. Focusing on study skills, the program is designed to assist elementary school age children with their homework and basic academic skills with emphasis on math and reading.

After school registrations are held in September and in January

For more information contact: Wendy Geuss at (843)559-4109 ext. 101 or Wendy.Geuss@olmoutreach.org.

Financial Peace University

Financial Peace University (FPU) is a nine-week class on money developed by financial guru, Dave Ramsey. Participants view a series of videos on budgeting, getting out of debt and planning for the future. A discussion lead by our social worker Ryan Vrba will be follow each video presentation. Through a partnership the Dave Ramsey organization, OLM Outreach is able to offer the class and materials at a discounted rate. Classes are offered periodically, please call Ryan Vrba at 559-4109 or email ryan.vrba@olmoutreach.org .

Quilting Lives

“Quilting Lives” community gathering for sewing and quilting sessions meets every Thursday from 9:30 – 12:00 noon. Participants gather to work on individual and group projects with materials and sewing machines donated through Our Lady of Mercy. Sharing of ideas and skills knits this group together! For more information please contact Jakki Jefferson at jacqueline.jefferson@olmoutreach.org

Budgeting Class

A basic budgeting class is held from 9 am - 10:30 am each Friday morning at our John Island Campus and 10 am - 11 am each Friday at the Neighborhood House. This class is designed to give a general overview of money management skills and money saving strategies, and is required for anyone requesting financial assistance through our organization.

Summer Day Camp Program

Each summer, Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach holds a five-week-long summer day camp. The camp is for rising 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Each day, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm, campers will be engaged in a variety of activities including art projects, reading, math, nutrition education and physical education. Every year, the campers get to go on 2-3 fun excursions, including a trip to the beach. The camp includes breakfast and lunch.

Dates: June 12, 2017 - July 14, 2017

Registration: Is now open

Camp Cost: $20 per child

We are looking for Summer Camp Volunteers for the duration of the camp. Volunteers can help one of more days but we ask that they commit to a minimum of a full camp day from 9am to 1pm.