Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education

by H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People be Empowered)
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education
May 2021 Graduation Candidate, Nakeiste S.
May 2021 Graduation Candidate, Nakeiste S.

Hearts Across the Country are Lighting Up as They Donate to Supporting Black Lives in Atlanta!

Since H.O.P.E., Inc. first launched this project initiative last year, we have been humbled and overwhelmed by the response. Not only have supporters in the Atlanta area come forward to help their community, but we've also received gifts from individuals across the country who were new to H.O.P.E.'s mission. Tapley is a recent new H.O.P.E. donor who lives in New Hamshire.

"The increasing public awareness around the issue of systemic racism in this country has led to the realization that this exact sort of support is the... thing that Black Americans have less access to because of the financial (and other) boundaries put in the way... going back generations."

"I searched for racial justice-related causes on GlobalGiving, but the first several didn't really make me feel that spark of, 'Yes, this! It makes my heart light up to think of more people having this!' - until I got to the description of your Support Black Lives in Atlanta Through Education initiative. I got excited at being able to contribute to the goals you describe, even in a small way."   - Tapley T., New H.O.P.E. donor

Yours and Tapley's donations certainly made our hearts light up, too! Because of your commitment to providing educational opportunities for our single-parent college students, we had three graduates in January, and have two H.O.P.E. participants graduating this month, with another three more on track to earn their degrees by the end of 2021! A total of 8 graduates this year! We know that without your help, none of this would be possible.

We will continue to focus on supporting Black Lives in Atlanta through education and hope you will continue to join us in this mission.

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** WARNING! Explicit Language and Trigger Content**

 

Last week, our organization received two of the most degrading and appalling letters.

In our 11 years of serving the greater Atlanta community, we have never received racially-driven hate mail of any kind, so imagine how shocked, hurt, and angry we were when we read what was written (letters pictured).

I wanted to share these letters with you, not to encourage division, but to let our H.O.P.E family know that the support you've given our organization has ensured that our single parents, who are 95% African-American, can never be categorized as lazy, unemployed, and uneducated. You have given them the power to combat ignorance such as this, and incidents like these just fuel us and our drive to succeed in our mission.

We are currently working with the local police as well as the FBI to identify the perpetrator(s).

Thank you for all you do to give hope, and we pray that you allow your light to continue to shine in these seemingly challenging times.

 

Best regards,

 

Kenita Smith, BBA, MBA, MA
President/CEO & Founder
H.O.P.E, Inc. 

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Dear Partners, 

THANK YOU!  American families, especially black families, are staying in poverty for many generations, with some scientists estimating that it takes as many as 10 to 15 generations for families to break free of it, but NOT OURS! Your contributions have personally assured that the generations of twelve single-parent families are changed.

H.O.P.E, Inc. plays a key role in social justice by ensuring that our participants, who are 95% African American, are able to obtain their college degrees in six years or less, securing future wealth, opportunities, and privileges in the black community.

During COVID, 100% of our African-American participants were negatively impacted. They lost jobs, lost hours, lost daycare, and got behind on their bills. They had an emergency fund, thanks to our training and accountability, but those were quickly dissolved as the pandemic continued.

You helped them meet their needs. They had their rent supplemented, utility bill past due balances reconciled, groceries, and other emergency needs that were all a result of your generous support. You met our initial project goal and surpassed it, with many of you being new donors and new to our organization. Here is a testimony from just one of those families below. 

"I have been struggling picking pick up more shifts and trying to figure out who was going to get my boys off the bus. Let alone pick up the extra load of rent that weighed on my shoulders. Then the H.O.P.E program sent an email stating funds were available. I felt as though it was a blessing from God himself. It could not have come at a better time. I was able to have one-month rent paid up and less stress on my shoulders. I am so thoughtful for their continuous updates and support. Thank you, H.O.P.E [doors] for getting us through this trying time." (Tiffany H.)  

We thank you very much, and appreciate your help! 

H.O.P.E, Inc. 


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H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People be Empowered)

Location: Duluth, GA - USA
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Twitter: @HOPEInc1
Project Leader:
Kenita Smith
Duluth, GA United States
$16,053 raised of $20,000 goal
 
298 donations
$3,947 to go
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