The Community Center at Visitation is a 501c3 nonprofit that offers learning opportunities for all ages. We want to inspire and provide the tools for individuals to learn news skills and to become better professionals, family and community members. In doing so, we believe that we will share a sense of belonging to a Community we all respect, deserve and love.




2646 Kensington Ave 
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Phone: 215-426-9422

Days: M-F

Hours: 8am-9pm

Saturdays & Sundays: 9am-2pm



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English Classes

Our free English classes offer learners at any level multi-modal opportunities to practice key vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Respect, community  and a growth mindset are the core values of our classes. During orientation, new learners meet with Heather to determine which class would be the best fit.

Foundations (level 1): A multi-modal class that introduces basic concepts of the English language including the alphabet, letter sounds and blended sounds, basic "wh" questions, asking and answering simple questions using present tense of common verbs. Key vocabulary includes personal information, family health, home, time/dates and other topics decided on by the learning community.

Intermediate (level 2): This class is for learners looking to expand their vocabulary, comprehension and explore the past, future and gerund tenses. Emphasis is given to building confidence and improving pronunciation of key vocabulary. Topics covered include health, emotions, location, and the workplace as well as other topics identified by learners. 

Advanced (level 3): This class is for learners who are mostly conversational or approaching fluency and would like to fine tune listening, grammar, writing and conversational skills. 

Meet our Coordinator



Meet our Coordinator


Heather Hillas

Experience gained as an educator and volunteer inspire my commitment to programs that champion the collective strength of community, dignity, learning. As a teacher, I strive to foster a culture of safety, question asking, risk taking, mistake making, and growth through vulnerable and valued interaction. Work with learners in schools and community programs across four continents, humbles and drives me to be a resourceful educator, advocate, and partner. I am dedicated to my continued growth as an educator as I feel this is the best way to empower, encourage and participate in the growth of our city.


I earned my Masters of Science in Elementary Education from Saint Joseph’s University, and Bachelors of Social Work with Minors in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Temple University.