Growing Language Skills
English conversation group has grown from 5 to 40+ and now has two classes separated by language level.
100% of the participants feel that because of the GBCI program:
they have made progress in pronunciation and English speaking fluency
they have gained confidence in using English
they have gained knowledge of a variety of community resources
Our elementary and middle school mentoring programs have grown from 12 students to 40+. As a result of participating:
85% of the students report feeling better about themselves
77% feel better about their futures
85% feel more important to their community
94% of the parents believe the program helped their child feel more confident
94% of the parents believe the program helped their child have a better attitude toward school
Our most recent survey of volunteers (across all programs), revealed that because of volunteering with GBCI:
94% were able to develop new interests and abilities
92% felt their overall health and well-being is better
100% said they were able to make new friends
97% said it made them feel better about themselves
“GBCI is a way for me to carry out my vocation to build community – both here at Asbury and in our surrounding neighborhoods. GBCI provides Asbury residents and community volunteers continued purpose which is a necessary ingredient to a longer, healthier, and happier life.”
Awards & Honors
Generations United National Program of Distinction
In January 2020, GBCI was recognized as a Generations United National Program of Distinction.
LeadingAge's 2014 Hobart Jackson Cultural Diversity Award
Founder Hal Garman was recipient of LeadingAge's 2014 Hobart Jackson Cultural Diversity Award for his commitment to cultural diversity and inclusion.
Generations United Intergenerational Innovation Award
GBCI won the 2017 Generations United Intergenerational Innovation Award for Courageous Conversations in collaboration with International Cultural Center (ICC).
Featured on NPR
Courageous Conversations was featured on NPR, Dec. 2016: NPR podcast, Interfaith Voices