DePorres Place, Inc. was the vision of a handful of Adrian Dominican sisters and community leaders in 1996. Their dream was to open an adult literacy center in Palm Beach County that would someday provide one-to-one tutoring for those who could not read or write English.
The dream became a reality in 1997 when DePorres Place was incorporated as a not-for-profit literacy center. The first classes were held on May 21st of that year with nine students and three volunteer tutors. The classes thrived. Since 1998, DePorres Place, with the help of 615 volunteer tutors has taught 610 adults to read and write English, and 1390 adults to speak English.
As the population of Palm Beach County became more diverse, DePorres Place developed an effective conversational English program -- ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) -- for adult immigrants who wanted to learn to speak English. At the beginning of the school year in 2002, DePorres P.L.A.C.E. added this ESOL program.
In 2004, DePorres Place became a part of the Dominican Rea Literacy Corporation. This is an umbrella organization of six literacy centers run the Adrian Dominican sisters. As a part of this corporation, DePorres Place became an Adrian Dominican sponsored institution.
DePorres Place is a highly regarded adult literacy program in Palm Beach County and was honored with the 2009 “Excellence in Education” Award by the Florida Literacy Coalition as "an organization demonstrating achievement, innovation, leadership and organizational excellence".
DePorres Place, is a member of the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, the Florida Literacy Coalition and ProLiteracy America.