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Our Mission

All Saints Literacy Center enables adult learners to meet the challenges of today by improving their reading, writing, math and English speaking skills. Qualified tutors provide an individualized learning plan tailored to the goals and objectives of the learner in a welcoming environment.

Our Sisters

Recognizing the need for adult literacy services in Southwest Detroit, Sister Mary Hemmen, OP established All Saints Literacy Center as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and opened its doors, with Roger Frank, in July of 2015. Since then, ASLC has welcomed over 200 learners and over 100 volunteer tutors.

Sr. Mary remained a champion for adult literacy until her death in 2018.  She is remembered as remarkable, a gem, pragmatic, and a faithful servant.  We are honored to continue her vision and grateful to be one of seven literacy centers that is a Sponsored Institution of the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Our Staff

Elizabeth Nanas, M.Ed., Executive Director

Elizabeth Nanas is an educator, designer, and organizational strategist specializing in collaborative learning, cross-cultural communication, multi-method evaluation, and social impact storytelling. She holds a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree and has more than 20 years of professional experience in K-12, post-secondary, nonprofit, automotive, biomedical learning, and economically informal communities. As of 2023, she is the Executive Director of Detroit’s All Saints Literacy Center.

Elizabeth has taught and conducted research for the Wayne State University Department of Anthropology and College of Engineering Management Master’s Program. She has held a King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship at Wayne State University and a Dow Chemical Hong Kong Research Fellowship at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and has advanced study in medical and organizational anthropology with a focus on identity, collaboration, innovation, and scientific breakthrough acceleration. Her work has been published in Anthropology News, Anthropology of Work, SAGE Reference Series on Green Society, Society for Applied Anthropology, and United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, and she has served as a grant reader for the Michigan Department of Education. Elizabeth earned a social impact storytelling certificate from Georgetown University in 2020 and is using what she learned to help people harness the power of effective storytelling for the strategic benefit of organizations and society as a whole.

Isabel Pardo, Program Manager

Isabel has 8 years of experience working in community services and previously served the community as an ERSEA associate (Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance) for Matrix Human Services. In that role she provided support for a diverse population of students, including students with disabilities and English language learners. Isabel believes in the importance of mental health advocacy and awareness. As a first-generation immigrant she understands the importance of breaking language barriers and obtaining a higher education. She has a strong passion for family, community services, and believes in providing wrap-around support and resources within the community to overcome barriers families may encounter throughout their educational journey.