About Reread Books

Our Story

The Connecticut Community Empowerment Foundation strives to provide an education and community-oriented environment in which individuals are not limited by misperceptions of differences or disabilities, but rather treated with dignity, respect, and fairness. This vision is reflected in ReRead’s integrated job training programs, a wide range of special needs friendly community social events, educational programming for families, educators and employers, book clubs for all ages, workshops by authors and illustrators, and community outreach.

The Connecticut Community Empowerment Foundation (CCEF) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, which operates as ReRead Books & More, was founded in May 2020 to address the lack of job training and independent living opportunities for individuals with special needs. The need for job training and independent living opportunities escalated and became critical due to the COVID-19 pandemic since young adults with differences were among the first workers to lose jobs. A group of community members who had experienced this crisis first hand recognized the urgent need for innovative alternatives. ReRead Books & More was founded to bridge that gap by offering a host of job training and mentoring opportunities, as well as serving as a social and educational hub to support confidence and independence for individuals with special needs.  ReRead Books & More opened its doors to the greater Cheshire community in November of 2020. Learn about our impact on the community here.

Our Mission

ReRead Books & More raises awareness and acceptance of individuals with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. Headquartered in Cheshire, CT, the foundation has two goals: 1) to provide integrated employment training and job skill development opportunities to people with special needs, and 2) to provide individuals, families, and communities with educational and social programs focused on independent living for those with special needs. Learn more about our opportunities by visiting our Get Involved page.

We are committed to providing equal opportunities for employment, job training, and volunteerism in our organization.
We respect the value that diverse life experiences bring to our community and our programming and are committed to modeling diversity, inclusion, and equity for all.

Our goals and actions include:

  1. We see diversity, inclusion, and equity as an integral part of our vision. 
  2. We strive to address and remedy any inequities in our policies, programs, and services.
  3. We will dedicate time and resources to expanding diversity within our board and leadership positions.
  4. We commit to leading with respect and tolerance, and we encourage all employees, volunteers and associates to express this in their work within our organization.
  5. We recognize that all individuals are more than one aspect of their identity and will use language and phrasing that reflects this. 
  6. We create learning opportunities and formal policies which support cultural competence.

Our Board

Hope Reinhard, Executive Director

Diane Cook, Chair

Karen Majeski, Vice Chair

Kellie Moran, Secretary

David Pelletier, Treasurer

Susan St. Jernquist, Job Coach

 

Allison Bass-Riccio

Jim Butler

Kathy Demsey

Anne Eisbach

Kimberly Gentile

Blake Kersey

Lynn Salzer