Letter from Executive Director

Patricia Rivera

Dear Friends of Chicago HOPES for Kids,

Our spring HOPES After-School program ended on June 1 st . Just like that, we are gearing up for our 6-week summer program that will begin on June 26 and will be held at 6 shelter sites. HOPES is glad to have students from Su Casa and You Can Make It Shelters participating in our programs once again, along with children at Good News Partners, Cornerstone, SRHAC, Ridgeland, and Primo. We are looking forward to an amazing summer that will include partnerships with the music organization - Harmony, HOPE, and Healing; and with Code Play Learn, an organization that teaches coding.

We are excited to welcome the newest member of our HOPES staff, Amelia Murphy. Amelia is our new Volunteer Coordinator. She is a recent graduate of Loyola University with a BA in Anthropology, and a Masters Degree in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies. We feel fortunate to have her join our HOPES team and look forward to her ideas for making our volunteer recruitment process even better.

In addition, this summer HOPES will host 6 Summer VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) Associates for 10 weeks this summer. They will join our 5 year-round VISTA members to develop our summer reading, STEM, and enrichment programming. Specifically, they will pilot our Leveled Literacy Intervention Program at the sites and will work intensively with students who are behind in reading. They will also co-coordinate at our 6 shelter sites. We are looking forward to having them work with us this summer.

I want to thank all of you who participated in our Third Annual HOPES Spring Brunch that was held at the Inspirations Kitchens on May 20 th . The weather was not as cooperative as in past years, but the food was delicious and the company was extraordinary. We premiered a wonderful video about our program and were entertained by Miriama and her band. A special thanks goes to Rita Kahn, our Development Manager, for all her work to make this year’s brunch the most successful ever.

As we take a brief break to evaluate our spring program and to start recruiting for the summer, I want to encourage you to consider volunteering with HOPES for the summer. We especially need volunteers at our Englewood (Primo), Back of the Yards (Su Casa and You Can Make It), and South Shore (Ridgeland) sites. Just email volunteer@chicagohopesforkids.org with your information.

Enjoy a safe and healthy summer.

Sincerely,

Patricia Rivera