Gilbert Albert Community Center
In 2005, Nicole Albert met a Haitian woman on the streets of Boston who could not cash her check because she spoke no English and was not literate in Haitian Creole. Following this chance encounter, Mrs. Nicole spent months teaching her to read and write in Haitian Creole and began introducing English phrases in her kitchen. As the woman attended her lessons, she brought friends over and more people knocked on Nicole’s door to get help with basic tasks—signing their names on a check, reading mail letters, and paying bills. Nicole realized the need in her community and saw the potential to help more immigrants by creating a space dedicated to providing quality lessons in survival English. To this end, she founded the Gilbert Albert Community Center (GACC) in 2005 to educate and assist local immigrant populations in accessing the resources necessary to fully engage in their communities, and to achieve their educational, professional and personal goals. Today GACC delivers the most crucial services educationally and socially to the immigrant populations of Greater Boston.