Letter from Executive Director

Patricia Rivera

Dear Friends of Chicago HOPES for Kids,

I want to welcome Primo Shelter for Women and Children to our HOPES After-School program. Primo has now moved to their new location on South Sangamon in the Englewood neighborhood from the Austin area. We were happy to enroll 11 children in the program there and are busy doing reading assessments before we officially start the program on May 1 st . We are still looking for volunteers for the program, so let us know if you would like to spend an afternoon with the great kids there!

The month of April has flown by and we are saying good-bye to many of our college and university volunteers. Thank you for the time you have given to HOPES and to our children. We hope that when possible, you will be able to continue with our program until June 1 st , but we understand that many of you do not live in the Chicago area and are eager to return to your homes and families. We ask that you remember the impact you had on the children at the shelters where you served and that you will re-engage with HOPES in the fall.

As we look ahead to the month of May and spring flowers, we are getting ready to complete our end of the semester reading assessments with the children. We want to make sure that our program is improving their reading levels as literacy is vital to encouraging our youth to continue their education. We are looking forward to an exciting month as we engage in special projects and work to implement STEM programming in our summer sessions.

I hope that you will join us at our HOPES Spring Brunch on Saturday, May 20 th , from 11 am-2 pm at the Inspiration Kitchens, 3504 W. Lake St. 

Tickets available for purchase here!

I wish you all a very lovely spring.

Patricia Rivera