READ Ottawa

Reading Enables Adult Development

READ’s mission is to provide adults who live in or near Ottawa County with an opportunity to improve and transform their lives by strengthening their reading and language fluency.

READ is the only nonprofit organization that provides free one-on-one tutoring to adults in Ottawa County. Strong adult literacy and education programs bring a powerful return on investment by improving the lives of adult learners, the lives of their families, and improving the economic growth of the Ottawa County area.

READ was established as a nonprofit in 2008. The first tutor training was held in the spring of 2009. READ started with three student/tutor pairs. We have continued to grow our pairs each year and have supported up to 40 student/tutor pairs annually.



READ Ottawa
P.O. Box 429
Grand Haven, MI 49417

*READ Ottawa has no designated office space but partners with the Loutit and Spring Lake District Libraries for training, meeting and resource space.

43% of adults with the lowest literacy levels live in poverty and 70% of adult welfare recipients have low literacy levels. There is a clear correlation between more education and higher earnings and between higher educational scores and higher earnings.

The National Institute for Literacy

50% of the 2 million immigrants that come to the United States each year lack high school education and proficient English language skills. This severely limits their access to jobs, college, and citizenship and increases their vulnerability to living in poverty. – Center for Immigration Studies, National Commission on Adult Literacy