ADULT READING CENTER INC

Rating: 5 stars   34 reviews

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Location: 2246 Washington St Pearland TX 77581 USA

Mission: The mission of the Adult Reading Center is to provide free instruction to adults with limited English literacy skills. We provide a nurturing environment that improves reading, writing and basic communication skills in order to help equip: • Parents with the language skills needed to empower their children; and • All adults with the language skills needed to succeed in the workplace. We do this by providing classroom instruction, individual tutoring, and computer-based training. We partner with community organizations that provide opportunities to transition into career training.
Results: In FY2011-12, over 930 individuals were impacted by the services the Center provides without charge through 24,970 instructional contact hours which include work skills assistance. In addition, we had over 200 individuals who volunteered in ways other than tutoring for a total of 4,414 hours. The total cost benefit returned to the community at $21.91 per volunteer and professional instructional hour was $643,808.
Target demographics: Any adult 18 years of age or older wishing to improve their literacy skills, obtain their GED, or become a U.S. Citizen.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1000
Geographic areas served: Brazoria, southern Harris, western Galveston and eastern Fort Bend County, Texas
Programs: • Adult Basic Education. For learners who need assistance in reading and writing, we offer instruction in a non-threatening, supportive, self-paced environment with a one-on-one volunteer tutor or in a small group. Unique in our area, we teach adults with dyslexia and related learning disorders how to read and write using the Orton-Gillingham based Barton Reading & Spelling System designed for one-to-one multi-sensory instruction by volunteer tutors or professional instructors. • GED. Classes with intensive instruction in math, writing, social studies, science, and reading are taught by certified instructors preparing individuals to take the GED exam. • English for Speakers of Other Languages. For learners who need assistance in reading, writing, and speaking English, we offer classroom instruction at various skill levels to meet each learner’s needs or they may meet with a volunteer tutor one-on-one or in a small group. • Family Literacy. Our Family Literacy Project strengthens family literacy and parental involvement in their child’s education as both parents and their children participate. The project is designed to establish family reading routines and involves family reading, vocabulary development, and English-language development for the parents and their children. • Citizenship Classes. The classes for learners desiring U.S. Citizenship include lessons on American history and civics in preparation for the citizenship exam and are funded by a two-year grant from the Department of Homeland Security, one of 11 grants awarded nationwide out of over 300 applicants. At the end of the first year of funding, we surpassed our goal of providing instruction to 100 individuals (189 served) and met our target of having 15 individuals become U.S. Citizens. • Computer Learning Lab. The lab, with FREE access to the Internet, is available for use anytime during the 65 hours per week that we are open. Self-paced interactive learning software is installed on each computer. Learners are introduced to the Computer Learning Lab and learning websites in a mandatory one-hour Introduction to the Computer Lab class. Computer literacy and job search skills classes are held each week. If space is not available in classes or with a one-on-one tutor, adult learners are encouraged to begin their learning experience in the Computer Learning Lab. • Workforce Education and Job Soft Skills Training. Workforce education and employability skills such as interview skills, resume writing, online job searching, and basic computer skills complement learners’ increased literacy skills and enable them to obtain jobs that provide a living wage for their families. The ultimate fulfillment of many of our learners’ goals is a transition from literacy education into the workforce, job training, or higher education.
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Rating: 5 stars  

My experience as an Adult Reading Center volunteer has been wonderful. I've been able to take part in several functions and working with their staff and fellow volunteers has been very rewarding. Their mission is clear and their staff is unstoppable! It is wonderful to volunteer for an organization that is so dedicated to the community and it's citizens.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I have been involved with the Adult Reading Center for over 26 years and have watched it grow from an small all volunteer organization serving a handful of adults to a vibrant organization serving over 1,000 adult learners each year. The front office staff greets each learner and volunteer with a smile and an eagerness to help. Our Volunteer Coordinator works diligently to make sure that each volunteer has a rewarding experience. Our volunteer tutors and our classroom instructors are constantly seeking new ways to help our adult learners overcome their barriers and feel a sense of accomplishment. But over and above all that, our adult learners walk in every day with something to share - whether it's a new job or a promotion in their job, completion of one test on their GED or passing all 5 and getting their GED, or sometimes it's just that they are happy to be learning something new. These adult learners are what make the Adult Reading Center the wonderful learning environment that it is.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add another building so that we could serve more adults.

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Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Adult Reading Center in Pearland is a positive place full of energy creating a comfortable learning environment for students to learn English, study for their GED, prepare for citizenship, and prepare for job search. Volunteers work hard to ensure all students are successful in reaching their goals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand its outreach to help more people

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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2013

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As a board member I can see first hand the impact The Adult Reading Center makes in people's lives. I also see the standing in the community the Center has just by the support of the fundraisers we have each year. The Center has a dedicated staff, volunteers, and board members that are truly passionate about impacting lives and helping those that come to take advantage of the resources the Center offers make positive changes in their lives and those of their family.

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The Adult Reading Center is a place people who have limited or no reading ability go to change their lives and a place where some of the most passionate and dedicated people in our community give of their time and talents to make this happen. I am in the middle of my first term as a board member and I have seen first hand the devoted staff and volunteers work tirelessly to give people the teaching and tools necessary to achieve their goals. I know I take the capacity to read and write for granted and cannot imagine what someone who does not have these abilities goes through on a daily basis. I am honored and proud to serve an organization that is impacting lives in such a dramatic way.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is excellent organization that provides a benefit to the area that enhances the entire community in ways that cannot be fully measured. Education is one of the most powerful tools one can have and organization facilitates and encourages all walks of life to better themselves through knowledge and education.

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I have been volunteering at the Adult Reading Center since Nov., 2012 and love the work, interactions with the dedicated staff and appreciative of the great accomplishments.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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I am a new member to the board of the Adult Reading Center but have seen the great contributions to the community that the Center has made over the years. The Center's profound effect on people's lives is what inspired me to join the Board. It is remarkable what the Center is doing for people on a daily basis and the reach of the Center is immeasurable as its patrons go out into the community.

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The Adult Reading Center (ARC) provides comprehensive literacy services for adult learners at all levels. Their executive administrator, program staff and volunteers are committed to best practices and efficiencies of delivery of services that ensure donors are getting an outstanding return on their contribution and learners are moving toward successful goals for better jobs and to support their family's needs. As a member of the Literacy Texas Board, the state literacy coalition, I have worked with ARC for several years and encourage support of this hard-working non-profit. We hope that more Texas literacy providers will develop the standards of excellence similar to those used by the Adult Reading Center, and we extend our best wishes for continued success.

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Very Well

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2012

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I have seen in person and have heard the stories from so many who have came out of the Adult Reading Center. Many people getting a second chance to learn the basics of reading and then continueing their education to improve their position in the work force and to make a better life for themselves and their family. The GED program is my favorite as I also have a GED and a couple of years of community college behind me. Reading is one of those things that we take for granted and think everyone knows how to read. I volunteered many years at the annual Red Hat Luncheon and was so touched time after time from graduates of the program with their stories of how hard it is for an adult who can not read. Imagine not being able to help your children with School work, not being able to get any job because you are not able to fill out the paper work. I'm proud to be part of such a wonderful and needed organization.

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Life-changing

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Adult Reading Center in Pearland is truly a place which helps the entire community. By teaching an adult to read, they help that person, their family, coworkers, and anyone else who benefits from their new skills. The teachers are often volunteers and the instruction is free. There are even scholarships available to those students who would like to continue their education. Bravo!

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