End Homelessness in DC - One Family at a Time

 
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May 30, 2014

Some People Chill, But Here We Don't Sit Still

Some People Chill, But Here We Don’t Sit Still

 Summer time is thought of as a time to sit back and chill, to relax and slow down. At Hope and a Home we are doing the opposite. We are revving up for action.

 The Hope and a Home children have grand plans for the summer. We have a variety of camps that children are participating in. Some will be attending enriching summer school experiences. Others will attend science and math camps, Building Museum camp, ballet camp, overnight camps, arts and music camps, a specialized diabetes camp , and much more. We want our children to be active and engaged all summer long. We look for camp experiences that will broaden and expand their world. Our staff has researched and made important connections with the camp directors so that our Hope and a Home children will have opportunities that will stimulate learning and have fun doing it. We are looking forward to an exciting summer.

 Our children are not the only ones with grand summer plans. Their parents are also on the move. We have a parent getting their LPN nursing certification, another who has graduated from college with an associate’s degree, another in an employment program that will provide the career future she is seeking, and still another who is in a medical training program that is expanding her employment horizons. We also have several parents who are positioning themselves for homeownership. Our college students have returned home for the summer with much success and with high hopes for their future.

 We are looking forward to a summer of excitement. Hope and a Home families will not be sitting still!

Please consider supporting our efforts by contributing funds toward summer camp for a child or toward a scholarship fund for our returning college students.

Some People Chill, But Here We Don’t Sit Still

Summer time is thought of as a time to sit back and chill, to relax and slow down. At Hope and a Home we are doing the opposite. We are revving up for action.

The Hope and a Home children have grand plans for the summer. We have a variety of camps that children are participating in. Some will be attending enriching summer school experiences. Others will attend science and math camps, Building Museum camp, ballet camp, overnight camps, arts and music camps, a specialized diabetes camp , and much more. We want our children to be active and engaged all summer long. We look for camp experiences that will broaden and expand their world. Our staff has researched and made important connections with the camp directors so that our Hope and a Home children will have opportunities that will stimulate learning and have fun doing it. We are looking forward to an exciting summer.

Our children are not the only ones with grand summer plans. Their parents are also on the move. We have a parent getting their LPN nursing certification, another who has graduated from college with an associate’s degree, another in an employment program that will provide the career future she is seeking, another is in a medical training program that is expanding her employment horizons. We also have several parents who are positioning themselves for homeownership. Our college students have returned home for the summer with much success and with high hopes for their future.

We are looking forward to a summer of excitement. Hope and a Home families will not be sitting still!

Please consider supporting our efforts by contributing funds toward summer camp for a child or toward a scholarship fund for our returning college students.

Feb 27, 2014

The Land Of Opportunity

Hope and a Home

The Land of Opportunity

 Hope and a Home is a three year transitional housing and support program. The transitional part of our program means that families come into our program at a place of need, develop the skills and resources needed, and are then in a position to move on into permanent housing. This year 7 families have reached their time limit. These families have all made significant strides that have propelled them forward to the place where they can step out on their own and stand prepared to face whatever challenges come their way.

 We stand along side families in their journey. We do not hand out or do things for them. We present the opportunities and expect that they will follow through . What we hear from families is ,“ Thank you for the opportunities that you gave us.” What they tell other families still in Hope and a Home, “Make use of the opportunities that are given to you and you will go far.”

 Here are some of the opportunities and the results of our new Hope and a Home graduates:

  • Martha and Thomasina were each given homeownership resources and the support to follow the steps needed to succeed. Martha and her son are now living in the home that they own. In one month Thomasina   and her two children will be moving into their brand new condominium.
  • Donald is the father of 5 children. He wanted to further his education but didn’t have the resources. Hope and a Home helped him apply for full scholarships and also provided the tutoring support so that he could succeed. His family moved from Hope and a Home two months ago. He still returns for tutoring, proudly showing his grade point average- 3.8!
  • Laura was in a dead end job. Through the support and encouragement of our employment staff she took the steps to apply for a banking job. She and her family moved into their own home in December –fully capable of providing for her family now that she has been hired as a relationship banker.
  • Cheryl’s daughter was diagnosed with a serious illness and struggled emotionally as well as physically with the news. Hope and a Home provided the resources to get her into a program especially designed for her needs. As they move into their new home, her daughter is thriving   and they are looking forward to the next chapter of life together.
  • Tara and Carol each wanted the best school and enrichment for their children. Both of these families now have their children enrolled in excellent schools and enriching activities and the skills to advocate for their children in their school settings.

 

It is truly a cooperative effort of Hope and a Home and the families-presenting the opportunities and resources and the families following up to make it all happen for the achievements of their family.

Aug 21, 2013

Summertime And The Giving Is Easy

                                                      Summertime and the Giving is Easy

Summer is upon us and we seek your support for ensuring a great summer for each school-aged child and college bound youth in Hope and a Home's Higher Education For All (HEFA) program.  

Each child's summer includes both educational and recreational activities, academic instruction, character building, life skills and great fun - including the option of at least one week of "sleepover" camp. We also are conducting our own college prep sessions designed to help our seven high school graduates to hit the ground running when they arrive at their college campuses this fall.

 This year we celebrated seven high school graduations, as well as the progress of nineteen additional children enrolled in private schools, thirty enrolled in charter schools and twenty-six in good-performing public schools. We find great joy in watching Hope and a Home's children's small steps and giant leaps as their self confidence grows through their academic successes and their expanded windows on the world afforded by their extracurricular activities.

Four of the twenty-five program participants enrolled in college or certificate programs this year also are graduating. This number includes both parents and young people. Hope and a Home's HEFA program engages adult program participants in educational, vocational and certificate programs that will lead to fulfilling employment that pays a living wage - so that when they graduate they can provide a stable, nurturing home for their children. HEFA also stays connected with young people whose families have graduated, advising and advocating for them until they graduate from high school. Each is encouraged to complete a post-secondary education and HEFA supports their efforts to select an appropriate college and identify financial aid. Hope and a Home's Mike Young Education Fund often contributes to the tuition needs of program participants and graduates.

The education and enrichment opportunity Hope and a Home provides alters the trajectory of lives. At this time of sky-rocketing housing costs, increased homelessness among families and gentrification that threatens low-income residents with displacement, we need your support now more than ever! Your tax-deductible donation is vitally important to our continued success. We ask that you give a gift this summer in support of the hope for a brighter future that is shared by Hope and a Home's families, staff, Board of Directors, friends and supporters like you.


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Apr 19, 2013

Give Us Credit

Give Us Credit

 A place to call one’s own is a dream come true. Many of the Hope and a Home  families have home ownership as their family goal.  Strong credit is essential for families to realize their dream of homeownership. There are often credit issues that were not addressed by the family prior to coming into Hope and a Home. It can be discouraging for a family to deal with debt and not know where to begin to repair it. At Hope and a Home we start from day one to help families find the path to a good credit rating and eventual homeownership. Hope and a Home requires that each family meet with a credit counselor in the first month of entrance into our program. The credit counselor works with them on establishing a clear action plan with manageable steps.  In addition, each family maintains a monthly budget and strives to live within their means, saving a portion of their income to go towards paying off their debt.  

Joanie was determined to own her own home. She had made some bad choices in handling her money in the past and also ended a relationship that had left her straddled with heavy debt.  She was committed to turning around her finances one step at a time. She increased her income by obtaining a better paying job. She kept in close contact with her credit counselor to help her decide in what order to pay off her creditors, and she paid all of her bills on time. She saw her credit score begin to climb. She joined a Homebuyer’s Club that prepared her for homeownership so that when she was ready to buy a home she was approved. She and her family have been proud home owners for over 3 years now.

Frances is a single parent with one child.  She wanted to have a home that she could call her own. She meticulously budgeted her money and benefited from Hope and a Home’s Savings Bucks incentive program that rewards families $25 for each month that they stay within their budget. She paid her rent on time every month. While her debt was not overwhelming, she still had much that she had to pay off. She juggled many things in her life –providing a nurturing home for her child as well as working and going to school. She kept her goal before her. As Frances was nearing the end of her time in Hope and a Home she applied to a housing cooperative. Those selecting her found her to be a very credit worthy candidate and quickly approved her for her cooperative unit. She now owns her own unit   and is very pleased to show off the many decorating touches that have truly made her house a home.  

There are many like Joanie and Frances who are now positioning themselves to be homeowners. It is an exciting time at Hope and a Home. 

Jan 17, 2013

Rewarding Work

Rewarding Work

Jackie was in a dead end job. She was a manager in a retail chain store where she worked long hours for low pay and was not valued for her hard work.  She was caught in a web of low self esteem and lack of confidence. She came alive when she met with Hope and a Home’s Job Readiness Coordinator who  conducted a career assessment, assisted  in polishing  her resume, and illuminated for her the way to build on the  strengths and skills. Jackie soon was able to identify how building on her previous work experience could lead to more rewarding work.  Once she had gained the confidence to interview for a position that she really wanted, she was selected for a job as a marketing specialist in a prominent bank in Washington, DC. We knew that she could do it. Now she has discovered that for herself!

 

John moved from job to job, unable to hold a position for more than several months at a time. He worked  in food service and then tried security. None of these developed into meaningful work. Then John came to meet with our Job Readiness Coordinator who worked with him to craft his resume. She conducted and filmed mock interviews with him, followed by critique and suggestions.  When John was given a chance at a part time position as a concierge at a high end condominium, something clicked for him.  He proved himself to be reliable and trustworthy and the residents thought very highly of him and his quality of work. Soon his supervisors were taking notice. John was offered a full time, permanent job and now he is very proud of the way that he is providing for his family. He has aspirations for bigger and better things –moving into building management, as well as home ownership.

 

Janice, Constance, and Laurie are all employed in rewarding work, but each has wanted to improve her employment picture. With the support of the Hope and a Home staff, Janice gained the confidence to advocate for herself and receive a significant raise in her administrative job. Constance performs at a high level in her work with the motor vehicles department and has learned how to negotiate for her, which has led to several promotions since coming into Hope and a Home. Laurie was working  part time in a dental hygiene program. While there she made good connections with a dental hygiene instructional program at a local university’s dental school – where she’s now employed on a full time basis.

 

We are very excited about these Hope and a Home parents who not only are moving forward to secure brighter futures for themselves, but also to position themselves to establish stable homes where they can nurture their families.  

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Lynn French

Executive Director
Washington, DC United States

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