Letter from Executive Director

Patricia Rivera

Dear Friends of Chicago HOPES for Kids,

The summer has been flying by and HOPES has almost completed our summer term. We have had an exciting summer program! Besides focusing on literacy and enrichment, HOPES has included weekly STEM programs. We especially want to thank Mad Science, our weekly STEM partner at all our shelters; and welcome our new partners, Harmony Hope and Healing, a new music program at Primo Center for Women and Children, and Code Play Learn, a technology program at SRHAC, where each of the children last week made night lights, learning about wiring and electricity.

The summer has also brought changes to HOPES. The year for our Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) members is drawing to a close. We are saying good-bye to Xavier Mann who leaves us to accept a position with A Million Degrees. Xavier revamped our Literacy Mentor Program to change our focus to middle school students. He also helped develop our summer program curriculum with more focus on STEM as well as literacy. We want to thank him for his year of service and wish him well in his new position.

July was full of interviews for our new VISTA members who will be starting with us in late August. We are fortunate to have two of our summer VISTA associates who have accepted positions for our year-long VISTA program. We are welcoming Cordell Longstreath, who will be working with our Outreach team, and Jerry Winn, who will be part of our Program team.

We are looking forward to a full August as our summer programming comes to an end and we begin planning for fall. We want to thank our summer volunteers and site coordinators for making this our best summer yet and remind everyone about the Volunteer Appreciation event at Dimo’s Pizza on Sunday, August 6 th from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. We hope to see you there!


Patricia Rivera