Our Impact

 

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

Mentoring Youth

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

Feeling Fulfilled

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

 
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“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.”

GCBI Volunteer

 

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