Aside from providing affordable housing, The Caritas Corporation's emphasis on community allows it to offer programs alongside The Caritas Foundation which give people opportunities for self improvement, in-turn shaping a better tomorrow.
caritas reads! program
“ …… summer reading loss or "summer setback" is a bigger problem for children from low-income families. Their reading achievement typically declines an average of three months between June and September, while that of typical middle-class students improves or remains the same. This means that a summer reading loss of three months accumulates to a crucial two-year gap by the time kids are in middle school, even if their schools are equally effective." (Source: McGill-Franzen, Anne & Allington, Richard. (2003) Bridging the Summer Reading Gap. Instructor Magazine, 58 – May/June, 17-19)
This is why Caritas started the Caritas Reads! Summer Reading Program and continually encourages our younger residents (Grades 1-12) to read books during the summer. This popular program started in 2013 and since then we have distributed over 7,000 books! We are so proud of all our readers! To participate:
Each child selects an age-appropriate book and the book is theirs to keep.
Caritas will buy and order the book, then have it delivered direct to the child.
Once the book is finished, a short book report is submitted.
Then, another book can be ordered.
Prizes are given for each book read and those reading eight books or more are eligible for a grand prize. To learn more, see the link below.