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Skyline Literacy loses funding again, but leaders say they’re confident the organization can survive

Skyline Literacy lost out this fall on some federal grant funding. But unlike when this happened in 2018, Skyline Literacy leaders say the reading and citizenship learning organization is in a more stable situation. 

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Local organizations prepare to assist Afghan refugees

Harrisonburg will begin seeing Afghan refugees being resettled into the community in the coming weeks, nearly two months after evacuations ended in Afghanistan. And several organizations are preparing to help those families in different ways.

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With demand unabated , local groups continue supporting newcomers to the area

When Omar Al Sadoon told the case worker from the Department of Social Services that he wanted work as an electrician, she was incredulous. It was too much, Omar recalls her saying. He needed much better English and training in U.S. electrical standards before he could think about getting a job as an electrical tradesman in Virginia.

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Federal grant ensures Skyline Literacy can continue its mission in the Valley

A single phone call made all the difference for Skyline Literacy and the educational programs they provide. The non-profit organization, headquartered in Harrisonburg, which focuses on providing instruction for literacy skills and assisting legal immigrants in applying for U.S. citizenship, recently was awarded a $250,000 grant.

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A Skyline learner becomes a Skyline donor, as community responds to keep organization open

While he opened the restaurant, Ridwan also began working toward another goal: American citizenship. On the advice of a friend, he wound up enrolling in a citizenship preparation class offered by Skyline Literacy. He was sworn in as a new citizen at the federal courthouse in Harrisonburg – “a very happy moment.”

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The next month will be make-or-break for Skyline Literacy’s English and citizenship programs

Community support and donations over next month will determine to what degree—or even if—Skyline Literacy can continue providing reading and citizenship courses for community members next year, board members said Monday.  

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