Monday, May 5, 2014

Center for Reading, Learning and Assessment Receives Grant

By Eloise Ravell

The Andrews University Center for Reading, Learning and Assessment (UCRLA) recently received a grant from Versacare to cover the costs of providing interventions and learning opportunities to disadvantaged reading- and language-challenged individuals. With this project, Andrews can contribute even more to both the local community and local Seventh-day Adventist schools.

The UCRLA addresses learning- and reading-skill needs through classes and tutoring with services available to students, faculty, staff and the community. The center helps clients develop reading skills and provides classes for both individual and small-group support.

“There has always been a need for many people, both children and adults, to learn to read,” says Annie Lopez, consultant at UCRLA. “However, many do not have the means to pay for the service. We’ve tried to write requests for a grant, but got turned down time and time again. So we prayed and we started a fundraiser selling eggrolls to Andrews’ students, faculty and staff. We had great support.”

After ten years of being denied a grant, they finally received one from Versacare, an organization that annually distributes grants to various supporting ministries and other qualified organizations primarily within the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which supplied computers, laptops, projectors, books, software and proper licensing for the program.

“We want to be able to offer these services to more individuals, so that even the poorest can afford it,” continues Lopez. “We will now be able to do assessments and determine what the individual needs at a lower cost.”

This grant will allow the center to continue to provide quality care without struggling to make ends meet.

“I am both very grateful and humbled that God answered our prayers,” says Lopez. “He is a miracle-working God and He knows the needs of individuals who ask for help. It is my desire that the people we serve will understand God’s will for their lives as the world of reading is opened to them.”

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