Community of Hope provides a variety of educational opportunities for the people we serve. In our housing programs, this includes weekly life skills classes focusing on topics including parenting, budgeting, and accessing community resources. In our health clinic, patients with diabetes learn how to better manage their disease. Case Managers also refer clients to partner organizations for job training and education programs. Spiritual support includes onsite counseling, support groups and pastoral counseling, all of which is voluntary.
Community of Hope’s programs for children and teens allows us to place a special focus on the kids and provide a more holistic approach to serving our families. We advocate on behalf of the children in the schools and in the legal system, and provide after-school programs, evening and weekend activities, and summer activities. Volunteers serve as ongoing mentors and tutors who work with children on improving math and reading skills, while others offer life skills and enrichment activities.
In a partnership with Marie Reed Elementary School, Community of Hope provides a full-time, on-site School Health Coordinator. She has instituted Girls on the Run and Mighty Milers programs, helped raise funds for a physical education teacher, and started a program to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to students during the school day.