Life, Literacy, Employment

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Learning the basic skills for finding and keeping a job can be a challenge. AHM helps those struggling with homelessness and joblessness to gain life skills and find permanent employment. We help with literacy skills and getting a GED for those who need it, as well. Last year we helped over 150 people build stability and hope.



The Advent House GED program is as unique as its student body. Our students come from varied backgrounds that present many challenges to completing their GED. This is what our students face: Barriers

Our literacy and education program’s open door policy, where anyone is welcomed without any pre-requirements, has been the hallmark of our success. As part of our mission in delivering FREE equality programs for the last eight (8) years, we work tirelessly to try to remove these obstacles out our students’ ways to successes. Our retention numbers tell the story best. We retained 88% of our students from 2015 to 2016. In other words, 88% of our students stayed with the program despite their personal challenges. Our students want to succeed and we help them get there.








  • Anyone is welcomed without any restrictions
  • Totally free
  • It is not online or self-paced
  • Taught by qualified teachers
  • One-on-one tutoring (as needed)

Classes are taught by experienced teachers with expertise in the subject area and are offered Monday through Thursday every week.

To enroll call 517-485-4722 and ask for Toni or Osman.


Life/Work place skill (2 Locations)

The overarching objective of the Advent House Ministries’ life skills program is to facilitate a change in behavior in those who are seeking our assistance. A fundamental component of achieving this goal is to help the adult learner identify the learned behaviors that contribute to their particular situations, while providing the environment, opportunities and resources that will allow them to replace those limiting behaviors with more adaptive ones. Adult Life Skills classes fall into five general categories.


  • Attitudes
  • Communication
  • Responsibility
  • Problem solving Skills
  • Conflict Resolutions



Advent House Ministries

Capital Area District Library (April 2017)


Classes are facilitated by a staff member with expertise in the subject area. To cover the important skills in the five core areas, students are required to attend all scheduled classes (currently once a week).

To enroll call 485-4722 and ask for Toni or Osman.


Programs in Development:

Entrepreneurial Skills



Volunteer opportunities

Patient and passionate volunteers needed to tutor one-on-one for adult learners in:

  • Math
  • Languages
  • Social Studies
  • Science


  • Available for a minimum of 2 hours a week
  • An up to date resume

For more information, call 485-4722 and ask for Toni or Osman.


by Pamela Drake, Prisoner Re-entry Program Case Manager

As a caseworker for the Capital Area Prison Re-entry (CAPR) program at Advent House Ministries, I work with many different people who have just been released from prison. The vast majority have a strong drive to succeed in this world and do something positive with their second chance. I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to work with these courageous people and, here, to share the remarkable story of one young man.

Mr. Medellin showed up with no appointment and no referral, but with the instruction of his parole agent. He had just been released after serving eight years and three months in prison. Needing a referral, we waited for the documentation so I could help him. Mr. Medellin was patient and polite and totally understanding. When we completed our first meeting, his intake paperwork was done and he left with a clothing voucher, a bus pass, personal needs items and a voucher for the Share-A-Bike program.

Over the next couple of weeks, Mr. Medellin came in almost daily to take advantage of our computers to do job searches. I helped him with applications and creating a resume. His dedication and perseverance were surely the ingredients for success.

After a contact from a local business that was supportive of hiring those with past felonies, I arranged for Mr. Medellin to meet the company’s representative. When the two men met, it was clear that Mr. Medellin had the qualities the company wanted. The representative hired him on the spot. Not only that, but he also took him to the Secretary of State’s office to get his driver’s license and then to a training session for the job.

All of this was accomplished just 16 days after Mr. Medellin first walked through our doors!

Mr. Medellin has worked hard at his new job. He was in to see me yesterday and presented me with his very own business card – and his big news. He is now a “manager in training”! I am so truly proud of this wonderful young man and the accomplishments he has made in such a short time, including successful employment and finding an apartment of his own.

The company that hired him has hired others through our program. It realizes that people who made mistakes in their life are often those who are willing to work hardest when given the chance.

Advent House works with the Michigan Department of Corrections to assist people coming out of prison and back to community life. This year we will assist about 100 men and women as they find the hope of a new beginning and a better future.

by Toni Townshend, Director of Literacy Programs

D.J. liked learning OK. He just couldn’t stand school. His parents found no value in good grades, or educational awards, like the ones D.J. brought home. In 2009, he simply dropped out of the 11th grade. Work was what was valued in his family.

Later, D.J. focused on earning a living and providing for his own young family. But it was too late for a high school diploma. He thought about his options, and the new 2014 GED test seemed like a big problem – it had been revamped to fit college-level norms, way beyond what he thought he could do.

Looking for work, D.J. admitted he had no GED. Prospective employers shook their heads – every time. Restaurant dishwasher, janitor, snowplower. Minimum wage at most. He hit his local Navy recruiter next.

“Sorry, son. You have to have a GED; then you need a total of 10 college credits.”

After bouts of despair and depression, D.J. finally decided to go back to school by taking GED preparation classes at Advent House. He had found his opportunity. He needed the GED. He didn’t have a choice about that, but he did about where he went to learn and prepare. He chose Advent House.

Somewhere from deep within, D.J. mustered the motivation and determination to succeed academically. He owed it to his young children and their mother. It was evident from the first; he attended a total of over 100 classes at Advent House in five subjects. He scored so high in the GED testing for one subject, he earned three college credits. He now has his GED and, with only seven college credits to go, he’s applying for the Navy program.

We applaud D.J.’s successful completion of the GED preparation program. We look forward to seeing him in Navy SEAL paraphernalia – his next challenging goal. Congratulations, D.J. You have reached a landmark in your young life and discovered along the way that you really like learning!