Read Muskegon has forever changed my life
when I was almost ready to give up." -Program Participant
Dear Friend, 

2020 has been a year marked with uncertainty and ever-evolving information. Like you, I’ve depended on my ability to access and read information throughout this pandemic to make informed decisions and keep my family safe.

Yet 23,000 adults in Muskegon County alone don’t have the reading skills to access this critical information themselves. Witnessing the additional barriers faced by the individuals we serve this year has reminded us how critical breaking the cycle of generational illiteracy is to overall community health.

Just as illiteracy amplifies the everyday challenges of the pandemic, it is also strongly tied to health outcomes. In fact, the single greatest predictor of an individual’s health is their literacy level. Low levels of health literacy keep people from accessing critical preventative and emergency health care services.

That’s why we are excited to share our newest initiative – the Health Education & Literacy Program (HEAL), launching this month.

HEAL is a research-based, health literacy curriculum that educates adults with low levels of health literacy, as well as local health care providers on how to better serve these patients. We will also incorporate HEAL into our ESL and jail-based programs, as well as our family literacy program at the Muskegon Heights Hope Center.

Our work to empower individuals and build stronger communities would not be possible without invested individuals like you. Your generosity ensures we can continue helping adults and children.

Will you invest in the power of reading by making a gift today?

With Gratitude,
Melissa A. Moore
Executive Director
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