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Two iconic west Houston nonprofits to become one

November 14, Houston:

For 55 years Literacy Advance of Houston has humbly taught adults to speak, read and write English. And for 35 years Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM) has provided a network of services to support families in poverty stay housed, obtain regular employment, manage their finances, and become more financially stable.

On Friday, November 9, the leadership of both organizations finalized the agreement to make Literacy Advance a program of the MAM network.

official paperwork MAM & Literacy AdvanceIt's official! Left to right: Literacy Advance Board President Robin Tooms,
Literacy Advance CEO Melanie Fisk, MAM President & CEO Martha Macris,
and MAM Board Chair Wendy Moreland

MAM Board Chair, Wendy Moreland, announced the decision on Tuesday, November 13 at a donor appreciation event held at Hotel ZaZa. “We are honored to bring this expertise into our MAM programming, as well as offering our life changing programs to the adult students from the Literacy Advance programs.”

“This is a natural fit for both organizations. Our missions stem from the same values which address the root causes of poverty as well as provide humanitarian relief. Over the years we have shared clients, volunteers, donors, program partners, best practices, continuous quality improvement and shared excellence,” stated Martha Macris, MAM President and CEO.

“The need for ESL in our community is enormous. Together we can better meet the demand for our programs, bring a broader range of services to more families, and those families can transition to a higher level of stability through combined services. With the consolidation of leadership staff, accounting, development and other administrative functions, we can better steward the community resources.”

Transition teams from both organizations have been set up to help ease volunteers and employees into the new structure. Through the initial stages, both organizations will continue business as usual to serve the students and volunteers who are already committed to the upcoming classes.

For more information about MAM and the addition of Literacy Advance to their programming, please visit

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