HARRISONBURG, Va. - Skyline Literacy is one of 75 programs in the U.S that gets government funding to provide citizenship preparation to many in the area.
Gabriele Adams is about to embark on a journey that will change her life.
"I was two years old when I came to the United States in October of 1966, so I have been in this country for a very long time. This is going to be a gift to myself to become an American citizen," says Adams.
On Saturday, she attended a seminar that's a step toward her getting that gift.
At the seminar, people can start the the application process for citizenship and learn about the rights and responsibilities of being a U.S citizen.
Organized by Skyline Literacy, this project draws in a diverse crowd of adults, students, and families whose dream of becoming a U.S citizen is finally coming true.
Elizabeth Girvan is the organizer of Skyline Literacy and says that they've helped many people go through this process.
"We have served over 200 people just with citizenship preparation services," says Girvan.
For Gabriele Adams its means getting the right to vote.
"I just feel that as I get older I just need to have that responsibility since I live in this country to be able to vote for the person in charge of our country," says Adams.