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January 2022
Student Story
Happy Retirement, Steven!

Please join us in wishing LVGH student, Steven, a happy and well deserved retirement. Steven and his wife have decided to trade in the winters of New England for the beaches of Florida, and we couldn’t be more proud of him. Not only is he a dedicated student, he is probably one of the happiest people you will ever meet.

After arriving here in 2007 from Jamaica, Steven’s sister brought him to LVGH to enroll in class - and he never left. Starting in a Level 1 Basic Literacy class, Steven worked his way up to the advanced level. Along with his regular classes, Steven earned his driver's license and US citizenship through LVGH. “I owe you guys a lot.” Through some connections made at LVGH and a newfound sense of confidence in himself, Steven was hired for a job he dedicated 13 years to until his recent retirement.

“Reading used to really scare me. I would try to avoid it. Now, I can read anything and I feel like a whole new world has opened for me. You guys were my foundation.” When asked what he will do in retirement, he said: “I wouldn’t mind joining class on the computer, if you let me. And maybe I’ll try golf.” We will see you on the computer, Steven. Congrats, friend!
Save the Date!
Join us at Hog River Brewing for Literacy on Tap

It’s been a long pandemic, and we’re all thirsty for some conversation and comradery!  Please join us on Thursday, March 24th, 5- 7 PM at Hog River Brewing Company, located at 1429 Park Street, Hartford.

  Registration is $20, and includes one drink (beer, wine, cider or soda), appetizers and participation in a literacy-themed trivia game. We’ll have some terrific literacy-inspired prizes and a raffle, too!  All proceeds benefit Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford and the students we serve.

To register, click here. Contact Diane Klingman with any questions.

Thank you for supporting Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford!

CT Data Reports
Hartford Town Profile Highlights


New reports were recently released by CT DataHaven and CT Data Collaborative which present demographic and economic data collected across Connecticut towns and cities in the last several years. Much of the data measures socioeconomic wellbeing and equity. Comparisons of Hartford against Connecticut as a whole and even the Greater Hartford region highlight the stark differences in access to resources and how it effects residents. Take a look at some of those statistics below:

  • Hartford is a town of 121,054 residents87% of whom are people of color.
  • Among the town’s adults ages 25 and up, 17% have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • 9% of Hartford residents have no access to a car and 12%  have no access to the internet
  • 57% of Hartford residents speak English at home, compared to 78% statewide

DataHaven also states:
"About 26,434 residents of Hartford, or 22% of the population, are foreign-born. The largest number of immigrants living in Hartford were born in Jamaica, followed by Dominican Republic and Peru. Linguistic isolation is characterized as speaking English less than “very well.” People who struggle with English proficiency may have difficulty in school, seeking health care, accessing social services, or finding work in a largely English-speaking community. As of 2019, 20,913 Hartford residents, or 18% of the population age 5 and older, were linguistically isolated."
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