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"Poetry reaches that vulnerable piece and brings about a healing that other things do not."

Frechic Dickson

Chief Executive Officer, From Lemons 2 Lemonade

When you are serving a group of people who have been through such emotional and traumatic experiences – it’s hard to expect them to say "my name is so-and-so and this is what happened to me."  But if you give them an opportunity through poetry to say "I feel this or I remember that," they identify those lines with events in their lives. It makes sharing their experiences artistic rather than transparent. Poetry reaches that vulnerable piece and brings about a healing that other things do not.  

Books@Work Community Programs

Books@Work is an opportunity to build a community – well beyond the walls of the seminar or the workplace. In our work with nonprofits and other service organizations, we reach into local spaces, cultivating a sense of connection and collaboration within neighborhoods, schools and families.

Public School District

Public School District

Auxiliary staff across an urban school district (including custodial, transportation, clerical, administrative and other employees) gather to participate in Books@Work.

Parents

Parents

Parents from an urban school meet once a week to read and discuss literature, building a stronger, more connected and resilient community.

Veterans

Veterans

Veterans in a residential treatment program read short stories to connect to each other and compare their personal journeys, with creativity and confidence.

Auxiliary staff across an urban school district (including custodial, transportation, clerical, administrative and other employees) gather to participate in Books@Work.

Parents from an urban school meet once a week to read and discuss literature, building a stronger, more connected and resilient community.

Veterans in a residential treatment program read short stories to connect to each other and compare their personal journeys, with creativity and confidence.

Why support Books@Work in the community?

While company partners fund our employer-based programs, in community-based programs we also partner with donors – individuals, companies and foundations – to support our work. To enable non-profit employees or community members to enjoy Books@Work, we expand our reach through your support. Donors who sponsor a community program may see detailed outcomes from their support – specifically, how their support has an immediate impact on individual participants. This includes narratives and stories of participants that help to detail their experience while preserving their confidentiality.

After participating in a Books@Work program held in partnership with the East Cleveland Municipal Court and From Lemons 2 Lemonade, one woman reflected that she writes poetry, now, as a way to express her feelings – and she’s less prone to be “snappy with her children.” In a ceremony celebrating the end of the program, she and other women chose to hold their copies of Ntozake Shang’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf and read their favorite poems.

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