NONPROFIT MERGER ENHANCES DALLAS LITERACY SERVICES

DALLAS, MARCH 5– Aberg Center for Literacy and Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) are joining forces to offer expanded literacy services in Dallas, where one in four adults qualifies for literacy instruction and one in three children lives in poverty.

The announcement was made in a joint statement by the two leading providers of literacy instruction in Dallas, bringing together 65 years of organizational experience and leadership.

LIFT president and CEO, Dr. Linda Johnson will serve in the same role for the new, as yet, unnamed, organization and Aberg Center Executive Director Shana Harrison will serve as the Chief Program Officer.

Designated to lift people out of poverty, the new organization will provide a robust continuum of literacy experiences from early childhood education to workforce training.

“Our dual generation program will allow families to focus on learning together which in turn equips both generations with tools for educational success and economic stability,” said Ms. Harrison.  “We are excited to offer specialized services to meet adult learners where their needs are–from basic literacy in English or Spanish to getting the final push to obtain English fluency, high school equivalency or job skills.”

The agency’s Cradle to Career Continuum addresses readying preschoolers for a smooth transition to formal education and preparing adults for further education while developing the life skills needed to enhance navigation of daily challenges. Ultimately the program empowers full participation in the community to advance careers in the workforce and increase civic engagement.

Beginning in July, the new organization’s headquarters will be located in the Caring Corridor of the Mockingbird/I-35 area, where several nonprofit organizations are located. The new location will facilitate partnerships with neighboring institutions and enable service to the burgeoning literacy needs of Oak Cliff and west Dallas.

The Aberg Center for Literacy will relocate its programs from St. Matthew’s Cathedral on Ross Avenue to Owenwood Farm and Neighbor Space in East Dallas in June. The organization plans to continue to offer satellite literacy programs in the Casa View, Irving and south Dallas areas in partnership with neighborhood churches.

In joining forces, the Aberg Center for Literacy and LIFT worked together with a national consulting firm that specializes in nonprofit mergers. Both organizations underwent a thorough due diligence process facilitated by the La Piana Consulting firm in order to create a robust and viable new organization.

“Both organizations are grateful for the generous support provided by the Better Together Fund that allowed us to hire national experts to guide us through the merger process,” said Dr. Johnson.

For additional information about the merger, click here

Listening Sessions

LIFT and Aberg Center for Literacy would appreciate the opportunity to address any questions or comments you have about the creation of the new organization.  We will be hosting a series of “Listening Sessions” over the upcoming months and will post dates here as they are determined. 

  • April 2 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Cathedral with Chair Elect Maury Purnell and Chief Program Officer Shana Harrison
  • April 28 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Cathedral with Chair Elect Maury Purnell, CEO Linda Johnson, and CPO Shana Harrison