Dear Friends,

As we prepare to celebrate our 30th Anniversary in 2017, we would like to share with you a student success story and highlights from our programs.

Marie obtained her GED in 2005 after attending the GED preparation course at the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County.  This year, she has returned to the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County to take part in our Community Based Job Training course.  Upon completion Marie will hold a certification in General Office Support.  We are excited for Marie and look forward to seeing where she goes next.

Programs have grown from offering only one basic service, literacy, to six core offerings: GED, ESL, Citizenship, Basic Computer Skills, Transitions, and the newly added collaborative initiative: Community Based Job Training.  This new initiative was made possible through our partnership with Houston Community College.  The first course ended this November and was a huge success!  Marie, the student I mentioned above, and thirteen other students completed the course, earning their career certificate and the skills to seek new or better employment opportunities.

Our student and program SUCCESS would not be possible, if it were not for our volunteer tutors who give their time, talent and resources as well as the on-going support of so many members of the community that serve in the capacity as either a board member, advisory council member, or as an event and office volunteer.    We asked long-time volunteer, Mary Gayle Brindley for her thoughts on why she has remained involved for so long.  Mary Gayle, said, "My years of service with the Literacy Council are truly the most gratifying of all my years of being involved in the Fort Bend community. Because, I know in my head and I do today...the gift of literacy is the most genuine gift we could give to those who need it."  

It costs the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County just over $2 a day to provide a year of services to a student.  Your gift would go a long way in changing the life of an adult who wants to be a better parent and community member.  Be a part of continuing the work to Change Lives in Fort Bend County!

There are many easy ways to make your gift!  Give the Gift of Literacy Online or call (281) 240-8181 to process your gift by phone.

When you give the Gift of Literacy, you help your neighbors and community members become stronger, more confident members of our Fort Bend County family! 

Changing lives every day,

Kelli B. Metzenthin
Executive Director