The three programs established in the first year of HOPE’s operation have grown in strength and enrollment in the ensuing 12 years. They focus on the needs of children, women and families at risk. Eighty percent of children and all job-training candidates are from families qualifying for subsidized school meals. Many participants come from families who have already
experienced the effects of violence. Many children come because of academic or behavioral challenges. Others are youngsters of academic strength who come to benefit from HOPE’s connections with two colleges in order to prepare well for college. Whenever a child enrolls in a HOPE program, that child’s family becomes a HOPE family. Even within HOPE’s programs a sense of community connectedness prevails.
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