LATEST E-News: September 2017
After more than two weeks of storm-related disruption and closures, classes are finally in session again! It’s done our hearts good to see students and volunteers back together and to see their smiles. Many escaped major damage, and we’re so thankful for that.
But others have heart-rending stories and face a long road to recovery. We've heard of homes lost, vehicles ruined – in some cases a vehicle vital for the health of a student-owned business – and people displaced across the city and even to other states. We are still working on accounting for all of our students and volunteers, and linking them to help for their most urgent needs.
Literacy Advance students were already among the most vulnerable in Houston. Working hard at multiple jobs just to get by, doing what it takes to make a better life for their kids, fitting in English or reading classes around unreliable bus schedules and changing work demands, many of our students were already teetering on the edge. A storm like Harvey is enough to tip our vulnerable families into a financial emergency, with lost jobs, lost cars, uncertain housing, kids out of school for weeks on end, and unexpected expenses right when they are least affordable.
Out of sensitivity to the many urgent needs in our community and our agency focus on students’ immediate recovery, our planned Advancing Literacy Breakfast will not take place on October 12 as scheduled.
However, right now – we need your support more than ever.
Your gift today will underpin recovery efforts at Literacy Advance for students in need. It’s critical that students can access transition help, get referrals to vital services, and rely on friendly volunteers to help them navigate websites, paperwork, and other processes so necessary to get them back on their feet.
And throughout these months of recovery, the community of kindness and acceptance at Literacy Advance will continue to be a firm foundation for students to keep learning and moving forward.
Thank you for being a friend to our students when they need you most. And know that the Literacy Advance team sends our heart to each of you.
With hope for the future,
Melanie Fisk, MSW, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Literacy Advance of Houston
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