Violent crime, delinquency, soaring medical costs; they’re big, overwhelming issues. But they all have roots in something simple—reading. Economic security, access to healthcare and the ability to actively participate in civic life all depend on an individual’s ability to read. At Send Relief, we believe literacy is a powerful tool for flourishing communities, and your church can help. It’s as easy as opening a book.
of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate
of inmates in America’s prisons cannot read above a fourth-grade level
adults in the United States are not able to read, 14 percent of the U.S. population
of adults in the United States read below a fifth-grade level, and 19 percent of high school graduates can’t read at all