Mercy Education Project Celebrates the Women's Program Class of 2017

On Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 Mercy Education Project (MEP) celebrated our Women's Program Class of 2017 graduates. Keynote speaker, JoAnn Chávez, Vice President Legal & Chief Tax Officer at DTE Energy, offered an inspiring and uplifting speech to the 13 graduates and the auditorium full of friends, family and supporters. 

"Education is an opportunity and can be transformational for our most vulnerable communities; especially those, like us, working tirelessly in search of the American Dream," said Chavez. "Programs like Mercy Education Project have successfully removed those barriers for many and have educated our women and girls and is transforming their lives."

Aurora Alcorta received the Theresa Blaquiere, RSM Scholarship award and Gabrielle McCrory received the Dedicated Student award. Both graduates were also presented with Mercy Education Project 25th Anniversary Pewabic Tiles, provided by two anonymous MEP donors.  All GED graduates also received gifts donated by The Shoebox Project in honor of their hardwork and educational success.   

Gabrielle McCrory, graduate and winner of the Dedicated Student award said, "I doubted myself and my abilities for many years. I often told myself I wasn't smart enough to finish school or to go to college.  On May 16, 2017 I proved myself wrong when I passed my last GED test.  I then knew I can and will succeed in anything I put my  mind to. Coming to Mercy Education Project was the best decision I could have made."

Please join us in congratulating the Women's Program Class of 2017!

 

Mercy Education Project's Women's Program Class of 2017 with Keynote speaker, JoAnn Chávez, Vice President Legal & Chief Tax Officer at DTE.

 

Aurora Alcorta (center), winner of the Theresa Blaquiere, RSM Scholarship award with Executive Director, Kathryn Tanner (left) and Board Chair, Dave Parr (right.)

 

Gabrielle McRory, winner of the Dedicated Student award with her award certificate.

 

A proud and joyful graduate receives a  Shoebox Project gift from Susan Bresler, Director of Development and Marketing.

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Susan Bresler
Director of Development & Marketing
Mercy Education Project

1450 Howard Street
Detroit, MI 48216
Phone:  (313) 963-5881
Fax:  (313) 963-0209
Email: sb[email protected]

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Here are some recent comments from community members, volunteers, students and others who are commenting on Mercy Education Project.

 

"Education is an opportunity and can be transformational for our most vulnerable communities; especially those, like us, working tirelessly in search of the American Dream. Programs like Mercy Education Project have successfully removed those barriers for many and have educated our women and girls and is transforming their lives."

JoAnn Chávez, Vice President Legal & Chief Tax Officer
DTE Energy, August 2017

 

"….Literacy is a fundamental right and an essential building block for a productive life. Increasing adult literacy also ensures more parents can be engaged in their children’s education, ,making this a cause  critical to helping families break the cycle of poverty. Thank you to Mercy Education Project for their tireless efforts to ensure everyone has an opportunity to learn to read. Together, I know we are making a difference.”

Warren C. Evans, Wayne County Executive
Wayne County, December 2016