Day 20: Fatima finds its “Nook”

We have some great news to share today!   You readers are among to hear of this story – which will undoubtedly lead to more stories in the future.  Thank you Dollar General and congratulations to Fatima Family Center!


CLEVELAND, OH (5/18/12) – Fatima Family Center, a program of Cleveland Catholic Charities located in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood, received a $3,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.  The grant will be used to support the Nook Café – which will provide children ages pre-school through teens – with Nook tablets, which they will use to read pre-selected, age-appropriate books. Book discussions will be facilitated by counselors during summer camp.

“Our children embrace technology. I can think of no better way to draw them to reading and help them improve their critical thinking, comprehension, and reading skills than by creating this Nook (E-reader) Café  as a new feature of our summer camp,” stated Ms. LaJean Ray, director of the Fatima Family Center.  She continued, “The few studies that have been conducted confirm that technology is beneficial because it allows children to engage all of their senses in the learning process.”

The Fatima Family Center provides programs and services for all ages, including an early learning center, Head Start, cultural, leadership and development activities for children and youth, homework assistance, summer camp, field trips and recreational programs. Fatima also provides adult services including parenting classes, computer lab, health screenings and food pantry. Older adults can benefit from socialization activities designed specifically for them.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants to organizations in communities served by Dollar General. The literacy grants support nonprofit organizations that provide literacy services such as adult basic education, GED preparation, English language acquisition or programs for youth who struggle with reading.   For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a complete list of grant recipients, visit

About Fatima Family Center
Originally established in 1973 as a pastoral counseling and outreach ministry of Our Lady of Fatima parish, Fatima Family Center prominently anchors the Hough community with a 26,000 square foot facility developed by Catholic Charities and dedicated in 2000. In 2002 Fatima was recognized by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as one of the top five family centers in the United States.

About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education.  Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $71.2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.1 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency.  To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit


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