Our Mission is to create new possibilities for the people of South Chicago
by providing opportunities for educational development.
In the spirit of Mary Ward, founder of the Institute,
the Center recognizes the individual worth of persons and
journeys with them to foster their true potential.
A unique aspect of the services we offer is that both one-on-one and small group learning options are available for the students. This intensive approach allows staff and volunteers to develop and implement an individualized plan that addresses the needs of each participant. Conversation classes are available to strengthen learners’ skills in day-to-day situations. As participants gain confidence in their communication skills, they become empowered to utilize what they have learned to continue to build stronger family bonds, become more involved in their communities, and benefit from greater employment opportunites.
What We Do
Mary Ward Center was established in 1999 in South Chicago to address the language needs of the local Hispanic immigrants. Services are provided regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, or income. MWC offers educational opportunities such as: tutoring in reading, writing, grammar, listening and speaking skills, basic computer training, and activities for spiritual growth and personal enrichment.
Our computer classes are small, allowing students to learn at their own pace with instructor guidance. Rosetta Stone, Maevis Beacon Teaches Typing, Microsoft Office, and basic internet skills are included in the computer curriculum. Since Covid-19, remote learning opportunities have also become available via Google Meet.
As a ministry of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM), Mary Ward Center embraces the Institute’s Direction Statement that calls members to stand in a direct way with the powerless and those on the fringes of society.