Tuesday, October 30, 2018

YWCA Volunteer Helps Educate New Citizens

Gertrudis Altavista Mieses de Lucas with longtime
YWCA Tri-County Area 
volunteer Janice Warnquist.
Blogger's Note: The following was provided by the YWCA Tri-County Area.

More than 18 months of studying and preparation for U.S. citizenship have paid off for Gertrudis Altavista Mieses de Lucas, a Pottstown resident and native of the Domincan Republic who moved to the United States six years ago.

Gertrudis became a U.S. citizen in September after completing a 20-page application, successfully completing a written test, and participating in an in-person interview. 

She had the help of one of YWCA Tri-County Area’s dedicated volunteers, Janice Warnquist, who helped her prepare for the interview, complete the application, and study for the test.

“It’s no little chore to make it through this process,” said Mrs. Warnquist, who has volunteered with YW for more than 40 years. 

“She was tested on English comprehension, reading and writing, U.S. history, and U.S. civics. I’m so proud of her.”

Gertrudis joins her husband and son as U.S. citizens. “I want to thank the YWCA for giving me the support in class and in the citizenship course. I am so grateful,” she said.

YWCA Tri-County Area’s Adult Education and Training Center this fall began a weekly citizenship course for new residents who desire to become U.S. citizens. 

Led by Warnquist, the class is seeking volunteers to work one-on-one with students on Monday mornings. For information on volunteering or becoming a student, call the Education and Training Center at 610-326-7323.

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