Executive Director Report
Dear Friends of Chicago HOPES for Kids,
Welcome to the New Year! I hope that everyone had a happy and healthy holiday and is looking forward to an exciting and fulfilling 2019!
I want to thank each of you for helping us to make the fall semester a fun and productive one for our HOPES children, families, volunteers, and staff. Now, we are looking ahead to an even better spring. We want to welcome new site coordinators to HOPES. They will be working with an improved curriculum which includes new “read-aloud” books donated by Newsy and the Scripps Howard Foundation.
Our Annual appeal raised over $80,000 that we will be utilizing for improving and expanding our programming to include updated training, professional development, and expansion to new shelters. Seventeen staff members and volunteers are participating in 40 hours of Domestic Violence training over the next two weeks that will certify them to engage in programming at several shelters that house mothers and children who have suffered from domestic abuse. Participants hope to take what they have learned and apply their increased knowledge to provide a greater understanding of the effects of domestic violence on children and families.
A few notes of change: You Can Make It Shelter closed the end of November 2018. This drastically decreased the number of children in our Su Casa/You Can Make It Shelter program. Because Su Casa is slowly taking in new families, it won’t be until HOPES’ summer program when the sessions at Frieda’s Soup Kitchen will resume.
Another change affects me personally - I will be changing to a part-time member of the staff as I begin babysitting 3 days/week. Since the Executive Director position requires a full time staff member, Rita Kahn, Development Manager, has been appointed as the Interim Executive Director by the HOPES Board. Join me in congratulating her on her new position.
As I reduce my responsibilities with HOPES, I want to thank everyone for your support during the past 8 years. Without you, HOPES could not have grown and improved, providing over 100 children/day and over 350 children/year with outstanding services and resources.