It’s important that you know my husband has been at his job now for 26 years.  He was blessed young to receive a good job, without an education.  However please understand, that does not usually happen and surely wouldn’t happen now, in this day and age.

Around February of last year, my husband Paul expressed interest in learning to read and write better and possibly working towards getting his GED.  So we were told there were places that would help him with doing that, but he couldn’t take the classes because of his work schedule.  No one could point us in another direction to get help, but I knew there had to be places out there somewhere that could help.  So I searched and searched online.  I finally came across Literacy Volunteers in the Valdosta area, called them, left a message, and got a call back the next week or so.  They put me in touch with the Tifton area.  I spoke to Bonnie, and then Paul and I met with her.  He immediately got put with a tutor, and started working towards his goal in April of last year.

            Before Paul started the program, he would call me 6 to 8 times a day from work, sometimes, asking me to help him spell this or that.  He would struggle and give up with things, and he wasn’t comfortable with anything that required reading around anyone.  Since he has started the program he has gone to only calling me about 1 time a week or even less!

            My husband is getting more comfortable doing things around people and at 50 years old, he’s proud of himself, and you can tell!  He is full of confidence and smiling more than ever.

            Recently, I decided it was time to give back to the program that has given and is still giving him so much.  So I started tutoring last month.  After all, there’s no better way to say Thank You, than to give back.

            So I encourage you to please give, whether it be financially, volunteering a few hours of your time, or reaching out to those that might need the program.  Your gift is always needed and appreciated.