Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston: El Centro del Cardenal
19 Saint Joseph Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Telephone: 617-522-4040 x611 - Fax: 617-983-0460
Email: - Web site:


Lydia Rivera


El Centro offers adult ESOL classes targeted toward immigrant residents of Massachusetts.

Walk-ins are accepted M - Th from 9am - 12pm but it is more beneficial to call first and set up a schedule to come in and fill out an application. Call the number above to leave a voicemail and a staff member will return your call.

Transitions to College: Advanced ESL classes prepare students for college and services include college visits, coaching, math instruction, and computer workshops. GED or foreign high school diploma are recommended; undocumented students accepted.

Service hours:

Classes: M - Th: 9am - 1pm; Class sign-up: M - Th: 8:45am - 11:45am

Requirements / Restrictions:

Must be 18 years or older. Participants can be as young as 16 if they have finished high school at that age from their country. Need to meet the schedule of the program, 9am - 1pm, Monday through Thursday and must commit to the 14 hours a week. Participants must be literate in their first language.

Waiting time:

Avg. wait time: 3 months; call for more accurate information


French, Spanish, Russian, Haitian Creole, and many other languages. Call for more information.


Orange line: Forest Hills or #39 Bus. Office is off South Street.

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