Ilana K. has been tutoring for three years for New Haven Reads at Bristol Street. She had just moved to New Haven after finishing graduate school, and was looking for ways to give back to the community and meet people outside of work. Although she is a scientist by profession, reading has always been her true passion and she believes it is the foundation upon which so many successes are built. After driving past the Bristol Street location, and looking up NHR’s mission online, she found that it was like a match made in heaven! She loves the fact that she gets to share her passion of reading with children while also helping them gain important life skills. There is no one particular reason that Ilana keeps coming back to NHR- she loves all of it! She loves the relationships she can build with the children, as well as hearing about their weeks, sharing in their triumphs, and the amazing staff! The times she tutors are truly the highlight of her week, and she loves that NHR allows her to pursue her dream of sharing literacy skills with the next generation.