Families & Literacy, Inc. has a long and consistent history serving adult students in Kerr County, with community resources, generous volunteers, and frugal stewardship.
Kerrville Independent School District started a literacy program for adults in the Kerrville area. Three volunteer tutors worked out of Starkey Elementary School.
The new literacy program began using VISTAs (Volunteers In Service To America – later part of AmeriCorps).
As more students and tutors joined the effort, KISD moved the adult literacy operation to the Auld Center and the program became affiliated with Literacy Volunteers of America. They were called LVA: Kerr County.
The program started its first workplace literacy program by offering ESL at two Kerrville hotels.
LVA brought Partners In Parenting Education (PIPE) under the umbrella of the KISD Adult & Community Education program. PIPE and LVA generated their own funds for all direct expenses, while the district provided in-kind support with facilities, office expense, utilities, etc.
The organization became Families & Literacy, Inc., a merger of PIPE and LVA: Kerr County, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered with the State of Texas, a set of by-laws, board of directors, and its first full-time coordinator.
F&L held its first Gala at the Cowboy Artists of America Museum, with Texas Monthly Executive Editor Paul Burka the featured speaker. Subsequent galas featured astronaut Eugene Cernan, Tooty Bird, and Darlene Bonniwell.
As the program grew and developed its own identity, F&L separated from KISD and move into its own facilities.
We continue to grow as we help adult learners, and look forward to a strong future!