Literacy Connexus was established in 2004 to give voice to the millions of people in Texas who struggle with speaking and reading English, and to mobilize churches to meet those needs.
Initially, our focus was on advocacy and adult literacy. English as a Second Language (ESL) Coordinator Robin Feistel developed an award-winning statewide teacher training program called Teaching English with Excellence (TEX). Today, we reach approximately 15,000 adult students each week through TEX trained instructors.
Our vision of every family in Texas owning and using a home library to foster early literacy led to the creation of Books for the Border (now Books for the Border and Beyond) in 2008. This project places Bibles, books, and bookcases into homes that lack any sort of reading materials. Through family reading fairs, it connects families to a local church and to other helpful resources in the community. Thousands of families along the border and throughout Texas have received beginning home libraries through Books for the Border and Beyond projects. Thousands of volunteers have made that possible.
Check out Get Involved for information on all of our programs and projects.