Thanks to The Berks County Commissioners funding, we hired a secretary. The first ESL class was created in partnership with Calvary UCC in Reading. The Council was incorporated as a non-profit organization in November 1980. Jane Pflieger became our office manager in 1981, and later our first executive director, supporting 153 students and 107 tutors. Two years later, we had grown to 175 tutors, 205 students, with a $22k/year budget! In 1985 we became an agency partner of the United Way of Berks County and relocated to the Reading YMCA. Over the years, our volunteers grew to over 500. We published a citizenship manual thanks to a grant from the Janssen Foundation, and began offering citizenship classes twice a year. In 1987, our first grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Adult Division enabled us to expand staff, programs, and adding on two ESL conversation classes. In 1988, the Council purchased its own building on 519 Elm Street in Reading, and a year later Joan M. Breisch became our second Executive Director.