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Spring 2023
Dear Friends of LVGH,

Welcome to the Literacy Line-Up, LVGH’s new quarterly newsletter, which replaces our monthly newsletter, Boomerang.  I hope you enjoy it!

The most exciting news to share in this inaugural issue is our
50th Anniversary Celebration which will be held at The Pond House on Friday, April 28th. So many of you have contributed to LVGH’s success and the success of thousands of students over the last 50 years. Please plan to join us for this special celebration.

Being a student of history, I thought it fitting to share some historical perspective on LVGH’s 50th Anniversary. While a small group of individuals set out to advance adult literacy in Greater Hartford, here’s what was happening in the world:  
  • The New England Whalers were founded and played their first season in Boston. They would move to Hartford two years later.
  • Five White House operatives were arrested for burglarizing the offices of the Democratic National Committee, leading to the Watergate Scandal.
  • The Dow Jones closed at 1,000 for the first time.
  • As a recession set in (caused in part by rising grain and oil prices), egg prices soared to 78 cents, about $4.59 in today’s dollars.
  • A new dance-oriented music genre called Disco was taking over the nation. 
While no Disco anthems are planned for the 50th Anniversary Celebration, you will find plenty of great food, an open bar and the company of friends. You’ll also hear from the two recipients of the 2022- 2023 LVGH Student Achievement Award.  

I look forward to seeing you there.

On Sale Now
We Can't Wait To Celebrate with You!

Please plan to join us on Friday, April 28th for delicious food and drinks at The Pond House, located in beautiful Elizabeth Park, West Hartford.  

You’ll hear from some of our amazing students and alumni, learn about what’s coming next for LVGH and, of course, have a chance to win some fantastic prizes! To register to attend, purchase a sponsorship or program ad, or donate to the event, please click here

Student Story
Shahnaz Finds Success

Originally from Syria, Shahnaz and her family were resettled in Greater Hartford by the River East Resettlement Alliance (RERA) this past summer. Not long after being settled, Shahnaz enrolled in our beginner English class at LVGH.  
“I get upset not understanding people, so it is exciting to learn English. Now, I am learning more and able to communicate better. LVGH has welcomed me and has given me more confidence.” As her confidence grew, she decided to join our food service training program to build job skills while also increasing her language skills. “It is fun to learn new things and I enjoyed making new friends.”
Upon completing the food program, Shahnaz worked with our Career Navigator to create her first resume. Not long after, through a connection identified by RERA, Shahnaz was hired as a full-time seamstress at a local tarp manufacturer, Kaplan Tarps.  “Having a job makes me so happy, and I can also help support my family.”
Looking back on the start to her new life in the US, she said: “In America, people like to help others. I feel safe here and I know my girls are going to have opportunities. They are going to be doctors so they can help people.”
Shahnaz is easily one of the happiest and nicest people you will ever meet, and we are so proud of what she has accomplished in a short amount of time. Our region is lucky to have such hardworking and resilient people who now call Greater Hartford home. 

Read All About It!
LVGH Featured in the Hartford 
LVGH was lucky enough to make the front page of a March issue of the Hartford Courant!

They wrote about a few of our amazing students, quoted staff and tutors, and most importantly, spread the word about the important literacy work we're doing here in Greater Hartford.

Click here to read the article.


Why I Donate
Join LVGH's Legacy Society

Our work to change lives through literacy is made possible through the generosity of our supporters. Recently, we sat down with former Board Member Christine Owens and asked why she chose to join our Legacy Society by making a planned gift to LVGH in her will.
Here’s her reply:

Join Our Team!
LVGH Is Hiring
LVGH has a position opening for an ESOL Program Manager. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, bilingual, and committed to the mission of LVGH.

If you or someone you know is interested, please click here for more details and apply by sending a resume to:
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