Welcome to Reading Works

“When I began to read, I began to exist.”  – Walter Dean Myers

Reading Works is dedicated to raising the level of literacy for adults across the metropolitan Detroit region.  This mission is based on the knowledge that reading at a minimum proficiency is necessary for achieving the sustainable work and life skills that will transform the future of individuals, their families and our region.

James Samuel, 55, of Highland Park looks at the love letter he wrote to his wife. (Photo: Jessica J. Trevino/Detroit Free Press)

 On May 10, 2015, the Detroit Free Press  featured articles about the work Reading  Works and our nine Impact Partners are  doing to change the lives of adults in our  community with literacy skills too low to  fully participate in our economy and our  society:

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It’s Giving Tuesday!  Visit our Impact Partner page and link to their sites to support adult literacy programs that are making a difference.  You can change a life with your gift and help build a better future.  You may also make a gift to Reading Works – just click on the DONATE button above.


Reading Works and adult literacy is prominently featured in the September 2015 issue of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Report.

“Learning to read can be the first step in a transformational process of self-improvement” says CFSEM President Mariam Noland.  Click on the image to read “Reading Works: Leading the Charge for Literacy.”

Reading Works: Leading the Charge for Literacy

Click on this image to watch a short, moving video on the power of teaching an adult to read.

Reading Works is a member of ProLiteracy.