Executive Director Report

Dear Friends of Chicago HOPES for Kids,

I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with time to spend with family and friends. Now that the holiday season is upon us, everyone one is busy with preparations for the holidays, but I wanted to take moment to say “Thank you” to all the incredible people who are providing services to our children experiencing homelessness: Thank you to our volunteers, thank you to our staff, thank you to our Board, and most of all thank you to our children and families who provide us with the opportunity to become our better selves.

We had some wonderful events in the past month, and are looking forward to more before our fall semester is over. Thank you to everyone who was involved with the Children’s Art Show. We had an exciting time hosting the children and parents here at the Literacenter as they came to view the artwork their children created during our summer and fall after-school programs.

Our thanks to the Chicago Children’s Museum for providing a bus for a field trip to the museum for the children at the Cornerstone Shelter, and to our staff and volunteers who accompanied them. The children enjoyed all the interactive stations at the Museum, especially the Firefighter station. We appreciated the help of all the parents who were able to join us on the trip. We hope to be able to enjoy more field trips in the coming months.

Our thanks to our HOPES friends who attended our fall Art Show fundraiser at Venue 1420. They viewed our children’s artwork and the creativity of the children in our programs. I would especially like to thank Maja who created amazing works of art for the show; Niamah, who created cards with attendees; and Marc, who taught origami at the event. We are exceedingly appreciative for all the support we received.

Many thanks as well to all of our volunteers and staff (and especially to our VISTA member, Joanne) for being part of HOPES’ Giving Tuesday campaign. With your help, HOPES received over $5,000 in donations for our shelter programs.

HOPES has started monthly Family Game Nights at some of the shelters. We enjoyed meeting the parents and having an evening of games with the families. A fun time was had by all! Thanks to our AmeriCorps members, Site Coordinators, staff, and volunteers who helped with these events.

Now that December is upon us, we have more special events planned for the children and families at all our shelters. Various organizations have reached out to HOPES and have adopted our shelters to provide parties and gifts for the children. We are thankful for their generosity during this holiday season.

In this season of giving, I am asking for your continued support of HOPES, our programs, and our children. With your help, we are making a difference in their lives. With your help, they are more successful in school and are on their way to becoming life-long learners. Thank you for being there for them and giving them hope for the year ahead.

With warm regards for peace and joy this holiday season,

Patricia Rivera