Educational Institutions

Houston Center for Literacy

  • Houston, TX

Mission Statement

In order to boost the economy of Houston, Houston Center for Literacy strengthens providers of adult education who, in turn, provide necessary skills for underemployed citizens to fulfill their potential and become economically self-sufficient.

Service Areas



Greater Houston area

ruling year


President and CEO


Sheri Suarez Foreman



reading, literacy, adult education, self-sufficiency, drop out recovery, job skills, life skills, GED, ESL

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Physical Address

2401 Portsmouth #230

Houston, 77098


Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Employment, Job Related N.E.C. (J99)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?


Self-reported by organization

We are working to build a literate, prepared workforce by supporting literacy agencies and programs, engaging the entire community to join us in solving the city's low literacy problem and connecting learners with the education they need to be prepared for the future.


Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Services include academic programs (adult basic education, English as a Second Language, GED preparation), family literacy programs (READ*WRITE*NOW and READY*SET*READ), and workforce/self-sufficiency programs (Women Moving Up/Men on the Move, the Southwestern Bell Initiative, Marriott's Pathway to Independence, classes in pre-employment and workplace skills, life skills, and financial literacy). In addition, the Commission also provides teaching materials, training, technical assistance, coordination services, and some basic funding to coalition members.


Population(s) Served


Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Houston Center for Literacy (HCL) is constantly striving to fulfill its vision of a city where every adult in Houston is equipped with the basic skills they need to qualify for jobs that will allow them to support their families and thrive as prosperous, independent, successful members of our society. The purpose of HCL is to provide funding, research, data, and technical support to organizations in our community that provide instruction directly to adults. This helps them gain the skills they need to become employable.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Houston Center for Literacy, the management team and the Board of Directors have designed a strong roadmap to success, creating a strategic plan. From 2015 to 2018, Houston Center for Literacy will focus on eight goals identified for their strategic importance in strengthening our organization and advancing our impact on the community.

    Goal 1: Agency standards, evaluation and compliance
    Goal 2: Agency support and resource planning
    Goal 3: Database
    Goal 4: Advocacy
    Goal 5: Employer Partnership
    Goal 6: Resources
    Goal 7: Community Awareness
    Goal 8: Governance
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Goal 1: Agency standards, evaluation and compliance - HCL will strengthen its impact by strategically selecting and evaluating its agency program partners.

    Goal 2: Agency support and resource planning - HCL will develop a rational system to allocate resources that support adult education providers based on their program quality.

    Goal 3: Database - HCL will evaluate the full potential of the Texas Online Learner Database (TOLD) to comprehensively track cumulative adult learner data from across the state for community-based and faith-based organizations.

    Goal 4: Advocacy - HCL will become the most impactful and influential resource for adult education policy work in Houston and across the State of Texas.

    Goal 5: Employer Partnership - HCL will enjoy strong, mutually beneficial relationships with Houston's top corporations, providing those companies with employees who are equipped to perform the jobs they need to fill, and receiving substantial support for legislative efforts and funding to help bridge the workforce gap.

    Goal 6: Resources - HCL will have a budget that allows the organization to be staffed and equipped to accomplish its goals, and supported by a diverse, strong base of funders that include government agencies, foundations, corporations and individuals.

    Goal 7: Community Awareness - HCL will have a clearly articulated position and brand that is recognized by Houston's leaders, funders, employers, and nonprofit providers for the work that it does in building the capacity of Houston's workforce through adult education.

    Goal 8: HCL will leverage the strength of its Board of Directors through increased engagement and board governanace.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Houston Center for Literacy delivers the progress made for each goal at very board meeting. HCL provides how the goal was met offering hard numbers, actions taken and the success of the outcome.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Houston Center for Literacy's goals are designed to be executed over a three-year period, 2015 - 2018. So far, in 2016, HCL has met all timelines and continues striving to meet all goals by 2018.
Service Areas



Greater Houston area

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Houston Center for Literacy
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.


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President and CEO

Sheri Suarez Foreman


Sheri Suarez Foreman began her career with the Houston Center for Literacy (formerly known as Houston READ Commission) in 2008 as Chief Operating Officer and was named Executive Director in September 2009.  Foreman is an advocate for education and literacy, nationally and in Houston, serving on the Houston Community College Steering Committee for Adult Education, the planning committees for the United States National Literacy Conference, the UNESCO Decade of Literacy, the National Literacy Coalition Conference and the Annual Literacy Funders Symposium in Houston, 2011. 

Foreman comes with experience in non-profit, educational, and for-profit organizations. Foreman came to the Houston READ Commission from the Alley Theatre.  Foreman has also worked with the following organizations;  Houston's Sheltering Arms Senior Services, Texas A&M University, The University of Colorado, and College of The Canyons; Small Business Development Center .

Foreman owned and operated her own business for nearly 10 years and directed non-profit and community agencies in both California and Colorado, giving her extensive operational and leadership experience.  Foreman also has experience in adult education at the college level in both teaching and training. A native Houstonian, she attended Texas A&M for both her undergraduate and graduate work and completed her MBA in 2009.



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