PHPC’s Refugee Reading Program

Interested in PHPC’s Refugee Reading Program?  It’s an exciting opportunity to serve our refugee neighbors from Burma!

What we do: It’s pretty simple, we take children’s books to Proctor Square apartments where the children gather in one of the homes and we read stories to them and have them read stories to us.  We also spend time going through flash cards with them as well as laughing, joking, and talking about our day.  Pretty simple!

This small act of sharing story time provides the kids with additional English language support, as well as seeing/hearing/reading English to better help them in school.

What’s the time commitment: Flexible and up to you!  We usually spend about 45 minutes to an hour with the kids, but not set in stone.  Our time varies from week to week depending on our schedules.  However, I will say that typically we stay for a while because we are all just having so much fun- Us and them!

How often you go is also up to you.  We’ll work with your availability. 🙂

When we go: Our family goes on Saturday mornings, but we are also putting together an afternoon/evening group(s).  The kids are usually home every day after school and have pretty open schedules.

WHAT Next?  Please respond to Tina Martin at and let me know the following:

       1. Please indicate which day/days of the week you would be available:  Monday through Saturday. (Weekdays after 4 or Saturday mornings/ Sundays are church days- they spend time with us at PHPC and at their own church later in the afternoon.)

      2. Please let me know how often you would like to go- once a month? Once a week?  6 week rotation? (you tell me what works for you!)

I’ll start rotating people in as soon as I have your information.  We’ll provide additional details prior to your first trip and can go with you on your first visit to introduce you to the group. Thanks so much for your interest in this rewarding outreach program. I look forward to hearing from you all very soon!

–Tina Martin, elder on Mission & Outreach