Mission and History

History Celebrating 25 Years - Video     The Celebrating 25 years video highlights the history of TEACH from its origins to its present-day mission. Click on heading to view. 1993 The Sisters of St. Joseph created TEACH as a ministry to teach English skills to the growing immigrant population, and facilitate their inclusion into the community in fulfillment of the spiritual mission “That All May Be One.” The sisters purchased a used bookmobile to house the program. 2004 TEACH was created to form partnerships with schools, libraries, churches, community centers, and businesses. A replacement TEACH bus was purchased. 2011 TEACH merged to form TEACH, a private 501(c)(3) sponsored ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph. Today TEACH has 17 sites in Cook, DuPage, and Will counties. Over 850 students are supported by 300 volunteers. TEACH continues fulfilling its founding mission “That All May Be One.” The Congregation of St. Joseph has been serving the educational needs of communities across the U.S. for more than 150 years. The Sisters of St. Joseph in LaGrange Park have been serving the area since 1899.

Tutoring English to Advance Change 
is a sponsored ministry of the
Congregation of St. Joseph.  
    Through free adult individualized 
English instruction, we work 
toward systemic change in society 
by empowering students to build 
their strengths and the effective 
use of their voice. 
     We work to ensure the 
inclusion of those who are typically 
excluded, underrepresented,
 or undervalued. 
TEACH exists, “That All May Be One.”