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The READ Center

Listing Last Update: August 2, 2021


5211 West Broad Street
Ste. 102
Richmond, VA 23230

Primary Contact

Nausha Brown Chavez

(804) 288-9930

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills

Instruction Type

  • Classroom

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Program Overview

READ serves students in a very individualized way so they make progress toward their literacy and life goals. Small classes cover the components of reading, writing, everyday math, and digital learning. Classroom tutors assist students with lessons and students' personal learning goals. Tutors are available to work one-to-one with students. Tutors are paired with students after training and classroom observation have occurred.

Mission Statement

The READ Center's mission is to help adults with low-level literacy develop basic reading and communication skills so they can fulfill their roles as citizens, workers, and family members. This mission is accomplished by providing classroom instruction, one-to-one tutoring, and educational resources to support students.

Hours of operation: 8:30 - 5:00

Cost info: Free

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

From a Student:

"[The READ Center] has helped me pronounce words and to seek out other words that I might not have tried to use. I thank the tutors for their patience and willingness to help with a glad heart. It means a lot to me, being a student."

From a Volunteer:

"I volunteer because reading has been a blessing in my life, and I enjoy sharing my passion with others who hope to feel the same comfort and joy with books. Volunteers feel that we receive more than we give."

Program’s Demographics/Metrics


  • 67% of READ students did not complete high school while 33% have a high school diploma, GED and/or some college
  • 68% of students consider themselves low income.
  • 26% of READ learners are employed full-time or part-time.
  • 75% of READ learners read at or below a 5th grade level.

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