Each year through our Literacy Initiative, Family Business promotes literacy and increases children's access to books through donations to shelters, refugee centers, and community centers.
A national study conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that students who do not read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school than proficient readers. Our goal is to increase access to literacy for at risk populations.
Family Business distributed over 200 new books across Connecticut to help community agencies and shelters fill their empty library shelves and to provide each child with a book to call their own. Receiving agencies include:
New Reach- Life Haven Shelter
The Family Shelter at Columbus House
Meriden-Wallingford Chrysalis Domestic Violence Shelter
New Haven Reads
Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS)
Our team donated 80 books to the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) to help them stock their bookcase, which is open to guests to take out books as they please.
In 2021 DESK opened their new Drop-In Resource Center located at 266 State Street in New Haven. Our team donated a new computer that will allow guests to access the internet for employment opportunities and complete applications for housing and other benefits.
During our holiday Adopt-A-Family, 80 books were distributed to our families in addition to clothes and toys.
Family Business donated 150 books to a Title 1 Rhode Island Elementary School. Families in need and new to the country were invited to stop by the school gym to pick up clothes, household items, and new books to call their own!