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26 Year Old Adult Literacy Non-Profit To Close June 30, 2014

BALTIMORE, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Baltimore Reads, Inc. (BRI) announced the organization will cease operations on June, 30, 2014.  After 26 years providing adult literacy education, the Board of Directors reached the difficult decision to wind down operations in light of ongoing challenges with funding.

"This was not a decision made lightly, or without regard to its impact on the community which BRI has served for over 26 years," said Clare Miller, President of Baltimore Reads, Inc.

BRI was initiated as a quasi-governmental organization in 1988 and has helped many thousands of adults learn to read, get their GEDs and increase their ability to use English as a second language.  As times have changed, and funding has become scarce, BRI has continually looked for other sources of financial support and has met with many successes and failures.  In recent years, the board also has been actively looking for a partner to help the organization strengthen and grow, to no avail.  The Board of Directors recently concluded that it is time for Baltimore Reads to close its doors. The Book Bank created by Baltimore Reads has been transferred to a new non-profit; The Maryland Book Bank.  They are expected to grow and continue to be a valuable resource to the Baltimore Community.

"We sincerely thank all of our partners and generous supporters of BRI over the years," said Miller.  "We plan to work closely with our fellow community based organizations network to help place our students for their future success.  We will also support our staff in any way we can for their future success, and thank you in advance for your suggestions or thoughts on how we may best achieve these goals."

About Baltimore Reads
Founded in 1988, by then Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, Baltimore Reads teaches adults the literacy skills necessary to function in society, achieve goals and develop individual knowledge and potential. In addition to literacy classes BRI offers English as a second or other language classes and GED preparation courses. BRI is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit.  To learn more about the organization and to make donations, visit www.BaltimoreReads.org.

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