Executive Director Report
Dear Friends of Chicago HOPES for Kids,
Happy 2018 to you! A New Year is starting and we are looking forward to an even better year for HOPES, our volunteers, our children, our families, and our shelters.
Volunteer training has started in earnest. We are glad to have our new volunteers and are thankful for those who are returning. We are trying to be more cognizant of our children who have suffered from trauma and have engaged training for our staff to become more trauma informed.
We are working to develop enrichment partners for each of our programs in STEM, music, and art. Our partners for this semester include Code Play Learn, Harmony Hope and Healing, Mad Science, Qyjon Clark (social-emotional learning), and Code Connect. If you have a hobby or a skill that you would like to share with our children, please get in touch.
HOPES AmeriCorps members and staff will be participating in Family Game Nights this month at Ridgeland Shelter, Primo Center for Women and Children, and SRHAC. Family Nights include fun activities for children and parents and help HOPES staff get to know the parents of the children we serve. HOPES is also partnering with 360 Chicago. They have provided a field trip for our children and families to the top of the John Hancock Center this month.
In addition, our Social Work Interns will be working with parents to build their resumes and become more adept with employment interviews.They have held preliminary meetings at Cornerstone and Primo shelters and will be reaching out to parents at our other shelters in the coming month.
The New Year provides us with the opportunity to re-commit ourselves to providing support and resources to the children and families in our shelters.We are looking forward to the day when our children are no longer homeless and have the skills they need for a happy, healthy and productive future.