Archive for September, 2018

Upcoming Tutor Training

Study group literacy volunteers

 

ESL Tutor Orientation and ESL Tutor Training

WHEN: Orientation: Thursday, September 20th 10 am or 6 pm
Training: Saturday, September 22nd 9 am to 5 pm

WHERE: ReadWest 2009 Grande Blvd SE, Rio Rancho NM 87124

CONTACT: Cyndy at cyndy.ratliff@readwest.org or by phone at 505-892-1131

 

Upcoming Basic Literacy Tutoring Training

WHEN: Saturday, October 20th 9 am to 5 pm

WHERE: ReadWest 2009 Grande Blvd SE, Rio Rancho NM 87124

CONTACT: Cyndy at cyndy.ratliff@readwest.org or by phone at 505-892-1131

 

Our volunteer tutors make a difference.
Please ask a friend, relative, neighbor or loved one if they have 2 hours a week to tutor an adult learner.

Open book

It’s Read a Book Day!

Open book

We are out of the office today and tomorrow (September 6 & 7).  We are attending the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy 31st Annual Meeting and Conference. In the meantime, we wanted to share what we are currently reading in honor of #ReadABookDay.

Cyndy Ratliff, Program Coordinator

Dean and Me: (A Love Story) by Jerry Lewis – I enjoy that era of comedy and music.

Book cover for Dean and Me by Jerry Lewis

Muncie Hansen, Executive Director

I am reading The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman. I’m reading it because I just participated in an interview with Anne Hillerman, Tony’s daughter, author, and friend of ReadWest. Recently, I picked it up at the ReadWest Used Book Sale to read during my Labor Day trip to the Grand Canyon. I am a sucker for all things WESTERN.

Route 66 baseball cap
Photo courtesy of Muncie Hansen.

Morgan O’Donnell, Advisory Board

I’ve got Frank Herbert’s Dune on my nightstandI have been rereading this book for nearly 30 years. I learn something new everytime I read it. What inspired me to reread it this time was something I saw in the 2nd season of Westworld. I won’t say what so I don’t spoil anything for any Westworld fans.

Used copy of Frank Herbert's Dune
Photo courtesy of Morgan O'Donnell

Elvira Burciaga, Secretary, Board of Directors

I’ve currently started Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza. I selected this book to help me become more conscious about me in my daily routine.  One thing that is a key take away is realizing how we subconsciously live in the past and how our body can take over our mind if we don’t pay attention. It’s a great read!
Breaking the Habit by Dr. Joe Dispenza
Photo courtesy of Amazon

We would love to hear what you are reading! Please share in the comments. And remember, if you decide to buy a book from Amazon, be sure to use Amazon Smile and choose ReadWest as your charity.

photo of debit card

A Lost Debit Card Leads to a Success Story

photo of debit card
Courtesy of Alina Kuptsova on Pixabay.

By Muncie Hansen, Executive Director

I recently had a wonderful experience. I had lost my debit card and called to cancel it and order a new one. However, I couldn’t answer the security questions, so I decided to talk to a human being at the bank. After a 10 minute wait, I was greeted by a smiling employee. I told him my plight. He continued to grin as he logged the information into the computer. Then he said, “Mrs. Hansen, you look very familiar. Where do you work?” I told him ReadWest Adult Literacy Program. We help adults who struggle with reading or need to learn to speak English. (This is my standard answer.) His grin got bigger. “I used to go to classes at ReadWest to learn English!” Then, I remembered him.

Abel came from Puerto Rico to live with a relative in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. He told me how much he liked his ReadWest tutor and the group classes he attended with people from all over the world. He said he was grateful the program was free because he had so little money when he first arrived. After 6 months in the program, Abel spoke well enough to get a job as a shoe salesman. The new job meant he had much less time to meet one-to-one with his tutor. Before exiting the program, his tutor helped him buy some books to continue studying English on his own. Four short years later, here he is, helping this English speaker solve her banking crisis. The last time we met across a desk like this, I was assessing his English speaking and understanding. It was a full circle moment for both of us. He told me he often had clients who speak little English, so I gave him a stack of my business cards to refer them to our program. I agreed to refer my students to him if they needed to open an account. He got me a new bank card and we concluded my business. We shook hands. I told him it made my day to meet someone who had participated in our program and remembered me.

When I got in the car, I burst into tears. My heart was so full of joy and gratitude to witness the difference the little nonprofit I work for had made in this individual’s life. I feel so blessed to have a job that connects people who want to help to people who need help.