This Tuesday, seven of us from TRUU (Heather and Greg Rydell, Katie Marshall, Jude Bartels, Kate Friesen, Jan Quint, and I) had the privilege of attending a tour given by the Valley Settlement Project about their work here in the valley over the last four years. We visited the “Busesito” – the bus set up as a preschool which visits the different trailer parks in the valley) and heard stories from the the women who run the Mentor program, which places volunteers from the Latino community into elementary school classrooms to support the generally mono-lingual English-speaking teachers. Each volunteer commits to 300 hours during the school year, and these volunteers have now given thousands of hours of time to both Anglo and Latino children in the school. They talked about how this program has also changed the lives of the volunteers, many of whom had been isolated and afraid to interact with the wider culture before becoming volunteers. The Valley Settlement Project is based in the Third Street Center, and it was wonderful to learn about the work of our neighbor! They are interested in volunteers who would like to work as language tutors.