One day my daughter asked me to help her with her homework. I felt so bad that I couldn't help with it. I went to bed that night and cried myself to sleep. I felt so bad I could not even help my own kid with her homework. I realized that day I needed to do something to help myself learn how to read, then a friend of mine told me that D.H.S. will help me out with that if I want it. It was the best decision I have ever made. Reading has opened up a lot of new adventures to me. I feel better about myself and have no regrets. Reading is power.

– Lisa


If I could tell someone else about learning to read, I would tell them that learning to read is a beautiful experience as well as very important. Now that I have learned how to read, my mind goes places my body has never been. If you have children, you can share this beautiful gift with them, now how precious is that? Reading has opened doors for me that were once closed. It can also do the same for you if you are willing to learn.

– Janice


On behalf of myself and all those you've helped, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for helping us be all that we can be.

– Jeff


Thank you to all the philanthropies and the founders of CLC for their generosity to help me. At 32, I wanted to re-learn to keep my brain active.

– Catherine


Thanks to all of you for making all of this possible. We can speak, read and write the English language. We know that with it we will be able to reach opportunities and we will have a better life.

– Cecilia


Attending CLC classes makes me proud of myself because I can get through life better. I'm glad there is a place like this so that adults can learn how to read and write. It's a different process than when you were a kid.

– Holly

I really want to improve my reading so I can help my kids. I couldn't help my oldest, but it isn't too late to help my youngest.

– Lois


CLC is a great place to learn and to help you set some goals. It's a wonderful class that will teach you how to read. It can show you new things that you will need to know in the world.

– Lesa


I would like to thank everyone who has donated their time or money. Thanks for giving adults a second chance to learn, to improve ourselves, our lives, and our children's lives. I truly appreciate everything the program is doing.

– LaShon


I feel like CLC has given me a second chance at life. Thank you!


I would describe CLC as my second home. The staff makes you feel welcomed. It is a place to get to where you want to go in life.


When I started CLC, I did not know much. I did not know how to read that good and my spelling was at the third grade level. Now, I always get 100’s on my spelling tests.

I’m doing things I have never done before, like reading the newspaper every morning when I get to school. I can keep up with my bank book and I can pay my bills with checks. Now that I can do these things, I am happy with myself. I just want to keep on learning more and more!

I feel deep in my heart I am here on this earth to share a gift with others. I’m going to share my gift of learning to others, from children to adults.


I could not read newspapers, magazines, or books. I was unable to get the job I wanted, unable to go to college, and forced to accept the way my life was. Now I have more confidence and I’m more independent. I don’t rely on other people as much.


I was in the eighth grade in a special education class. One day, the teacher asked me to read out loud in the class. I tried, but it was too hard. Then she said out loud in class, “You should go back to the first grade.” I walked out of class crying and I never went back to school. Now I’m at CLC. I can read much better and out loud. Sometimes I think about going back to that teacher and showing her that I can be up in front of the class and read out loud. I am twenty-seven and I feel good about myself.


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