Economic security and access to healthcare often depend on an individual’s ability to read. Send Relief provides literacy training to adults and children and can equip your church to do the same.


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Violent crime, delinquency, soaring medical costs; they’re big, overwhelming issues. But they all can 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. Through ministry centers and other partners, Send Relief provides literacy classes for both adults and children. We believe literacy is a powerful tool for flourishing communities, and your church can help. It’s as easy as opening a book.

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Research shows that children in poverty who read proficiently by the end of the third grade have an 89% graduation rate.

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Literacy is one of the most effective ways to break the cycle of poverty. Research shows that children in poverty who are able to read proficiently by the end of the third grade have an 89% graduation rate from high school. Isn’t that remarkable? You can help implement literacy training in your area through ARISE2Read.

Designed around sight words, ARISE2Read is a literacy program that relies on partnerships among evangelical churches, businesses and local school districts to strengthen the reading proficiency of second-grade students. Studies show that third grade is a crucial year for students because they must apply their reading skills in order to reason and deduce; without the ability to read, students have no hope of keeping up with their classmates and will fall further and further behind over the years. This reading program has helped hundreds of students learn the skills they need to succeed, and volunteer participation is easy!

ARISE2Read provides training to help you tutor children one hour a week via a sight-word program called Team Read. You can also connect with or start a Good News Club, which brings volunteers, churches and educators together to provide for students in need and their families. An hour a week can change the course of a child’s life—it’s an investment well worth the time.

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