REACH was established in 1998 by educator, Kristin Hildum. The program involved a simple model- volunteers reading, crafting, and giving books to children in homeless or domestic violence shelters. The first Read Aloud Program was established at the Help and Emergency Response (H.E.R.) Shelter and has grown to eleven partner homeless and domestic violence shelter and nine community organizations in Hampton Roads. REACH is working to reverse illiteracy and improve education for at-risk children.
REACH promotes youth literacy/education and continues to impact and support the literacy needs in Hampton Roads. Reading is an important foundation for success and our Read Aloud programs help homeless and at-risk children beat the odds and work to achieve future academic achievement. Our goal is to continue meeting the regional priorities of improving literacy and education for children ages 0-17, especially those living in poverty.