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Notre Dame Education Center - Lawrence

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The Notre Dame Education Center-Lawrence (NDEC) is a community of learning where  low income adults are empowered to improve and enrich their lives and the lives of their families in an environment that is welcoming, respectful and dignified.  Through access to quality direct services, collaboration and advocacy for positive change, NDEC provides goal-oriented education, skills training, language and literacy development, enrichment opportunities and support services.  NDEC assists and supports adult learners to achieve their next steps and reach their full potential as productive, contributing workers in the community and in society. (Board approved  3-6-2017)

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Cummings Foundation

$100K for 100 Grant Award


Notre Dame Education Center-Lawrence is a bridge of hope transforming lives through education for life.

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For those of you new to NDEC-Lawrence - welcome. 
For those who are returning - welcome back.

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Thanks to your kind donations NDEC is able to help adult learners in their journey to become successful in their new home here in the United States.  We try to make life less difficult and more economically secure by providing them the opportunity to improve their English and work skills in classes that still allow them to continue working and caring for their families.

The Sisters of Notre Dame began serving the children of Lawrence’s immigrant population in 1853 and opened NDEC in 1996 after St. Mary High closed. You partner with us to be part of that long line of service to others with your tax-deductible donation of $25, $35, $50 or whatever you can afford to help pay for teachers, classroom supplies, rent , utilities, computers and software. 

This year has been a particularly challenging one for us in the Merrimack Valley.  As you know, the area was devastated in September by numerous explosions and fires caused by faulty pipe work. More than 8,000 residents of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover including 57 of our own staff, students and a board member were displaced while the first responders in the area worked to insure safety. For several months staff and students were without gas and electric service. Appliances and pipelines were destroyed or rendered unstable enough to be unsafe. The financial burden is compounded by the emotional toll this has taken on children and families who have had to do without hot water, home heat, stoves, dryers, refrigeration and other “simple” things we have learned to take for granted. Our resilient students returned to classes as soon as they possibly could, maintaining good attendance, both to continue their English acquisition and to return some semblance of order in their lives.           

 We use donations like yours along with grant funding, to support formal language study, informal conversation practice, job training, and tutoring for an exam or citizenship interview. Our classes are in the morning, afternoon and evenings, to be as available as possible for the student with many commitments. With your help our adult learners make the most of their situations, make advancements in the workplace, follow a path to appropriate community resources and continue to maintain a home life that is as stable as can be. Your generous contributions ensure that our staff and an incredible group of dedicated volunteers give these students what they need to grow and flourish. We would like to share another of our success stories with you!

One of our students, Luis, recently returned to visit with Susan, his evening ESL teacher, and to let us know that he is now employed at a local supermarket as a butcher, is very pleased with his work progress and is grateful for all he has learned. Luis intends to return to English classes to continue to advance his communication skills because he tells us that he knows that learning more English will help him advance in his work and keep improving his life.

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354 Merrimack Street Ste 210,
Lawrence, MA 01843

Please do not delay your decision to give – Would you please donate today?

We, at NDEC, would like to express our sincere gratitude to the friends and family of Mae Burns for their generous donations in her memory. Mae’s daughter, Marcia, is a long time member of the Development Committee at Notre Dame Education Center, who, in many ways, has contributed to the vision and mission here. Our prayers and thoughts are with Marcia and her family at this time.


      Welcome to NDEC - Lawrence, MA

   PH  978 . 682 . 6441   |   354 Merrimack Street  |  Suite 210   |   Lawrence MA  01843    | FAX  978 . 974 .  9840

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