For victims of domestic abuse, reading a child a bedtime story isn’t often a top priority. Hoping to change that, Brooklyn’s Family Justice Center on Jay St. built a children’s library this year, and last month launched its first family literacy program. “It’s helped us to be together more,” said Lillian Saba, 33, who lives in East Flatbush and is attending the weekly classes with her son, Raphael, 10. Each Monday, moms and kids in the nine-week pilot have dinner and then snuggle in amid brightly colored cushions to read together from books like “The Cat In the Hat” in both Spanish and English, and to do art projects. Saba came to the center, which offers services ranging from counseling to legal help, two years ago after trouble with her husband, who eventually moved out. Because of their difficulties, Raphael spent a year with Saba’s family in Maryland, and returned this fall. Long hours working as a home health care aide and a hair stylist make finding family time difficult, Saba said. But inspired by the classes, Saba and her son now read to each other daily from his schoolbooks, which she said is also boosting her English skills. “They start… Read full this story
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