Letter from Executive Director

Patricia Rivera

Dear Friends of Chicago HOPES for Kids,

HOPES has had a very busy month! We welcomed our six VISTA Summer Associates. These VISTA members will be working in the areas of Site Coordination, Volunteer Outreach, Program, and Development along with our four full year VISTA members. They will also be piloting the Leveled Literacy Intervention Program at our shelters to help children who are struggling with reading improve their skills. We are glad to have them on board to help HOPES continue to build capacity and sustainability and to improve our programs.

Site Coordinator training was held the week of June 12 th for all of our VISTA Summer Associates and our Site Coordinators. They came together as a group to explore the curriculum and ways of keeping the children engaged over the summer. We want to welcome our new Site Coordinators, Garrett Gust and Lauren Wright. Garrett will be at Su Casa in the Back of the Yards, and Lauren will be at the Primo Center in Englewood.

The HOPES Summer Program began this past week with children enrolled at five shelter sites, serving 6 shelters. We want to thank the shelters that are working with us to provide our literacy and enrichment programs with the children. We are excited to be working with wonderful enrichment partners: Mad Science; Harmony, Hope and Healing; and Code Play Learn. We still need volunteers for our summer programs, so if you have a spare afternoon this summer, go to our website: www.chicagohopesforkids.org/volunteer to sign up, or call our Volunteer Manager at (312) 690-4246.

HOPES would especially like to thank the Student Alliance for Homeless Youth (SAHY) for supporting HOPES with at $1000 grant that will help to fund our enrichment programs this summer. We are also grateful to the employees at Morgan, Lewis and Brockius LLP, for hosting a cleaning supply drive for us. We have used the supplies to get the shelters sites ready for our summer programs.

Hope you had a fun and safe 4 th of July!


Patricia Rivera