1961, in response to their concern over the illiteracy rate among adults in the Dallas area, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Greater Dallas Section, founded LIFT. The goal was to create and support an organization that would offer free and easily accessible classes so that functionally illiterate adults could learn to read and write English. Since 1961, over 45,000 low-literate adults have learned to read at LIFT.
Today, we continue to grow that number, enhance lives and strengthen communities by teaching adults to read. LIFT serves over 5,000 learners with the help of over 330 volunteers.
Club of the Year
Dallas Times Herald awards the NCJW "Club of the Year" for their work establishing LIFT.
After ten years in the Wilson Historic District, LIFT moves to 2121 Main Street in downtown Dallas.
LIFT staff members speak at the ProLiteracy Worldwide Conference where they present LIFT's innovative, successful Community Partnership Program model, a strategic initiative to establish classes at community partner sites in underserved areas.
LIFT launches GED Direct, a first of its kind distance learning program that makes GED preparation available to adult learners anytime, anywhere. The original network of users involves 10 sites in three counties.
LIFT relocates to Opportunity Center, a collective-impact campus. This campus is the first of its kind in the Southwest, bringing together LIFT, CitySquare and Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas providing wrap-around social services to create permanent routes out of poverty.
Lift Opens Its Doors
June 5, 1961 LIFT opens with 250 volunteers and 600 students. Margaret Hirsch is the first teacher to present the program.
Wilson Historic District
LIFT moves to the Wilson Historic District. The building is now occupied by the Center for Nonprofit Management.
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
LIFT receives a grant from the Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation presented by First Lady Laura Bush at the White House.
Center for Nonprofit Management
LIFT is honored by the Center for Nonprofit Management for excellence in board governance.
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
LIFT is the 12th highest investment in the UWMD service area for Community Impact Grants.
Dallas County's Illiteracy Rate is Declining
LIFT annually serves at least 25,000 low-literate adults through 40 community partnerships.