In our culture we seem to want and often get the things we want right now. Instant gratification, fast food, text messaging, or even prayer requests – we want them instantly. However, the saying, “Good things come to those who wait,” really is truth. Months, if not years ago, the idea for a literacy center in Detroit was a desire in the hearts of our Detroit Director and some generous World Hope supporters. On October 10, 2015, with the help of God, many prayers, and many supporters, that dream was realized. Over that time, hours were poured into gathering, ordering, and sorting books, researching how to start a library from scratch, deciding what décor and furniture would create the most inviting space, choosing what curriculum and programs would help students learn the best, and accomplishing far more things that none of us can even imagine go into helping kids learn to read. With the adult illiteracy rate in Detroit somewhere around 47%, this program is a vital need for this community. We now have three spaces for literacy – a large common room for study, a play area associated with making reading fun, and two library spaces for early and middle readers. This project would not have been possible without the support of so many, and we are so glad to share this place with you.
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