Executive Director Report


Happy Spring!

This past month has been a very busy month. Our spring After-School program has come to a close, and we are working to make the summer program an exciting and enjoyable learning experience for all of the children and volunteers.

During April, we were fortunate to have an amazing field trip to the Garfield Park Conservatory for the children and families at the SRHAC shelter in Austin. The HOPES Child Homelessness Awareness event, Perspectives on Child Homelessness, was an enriching and informative morning with lunch provided by Chipotle. Our thanks to the presenters:  Moderator Rae Dawkins, Qyjon Clark, and Alissa Phillips.

Our first Partner Appreciation evening was attended by donors, enrichment partners, and volunteers. Several continuing partners were honored while learning about the 3 year strategic plan. HOPES is working to improve our programming and expand to more shelter sites to reach more children in need of academic support.

HOPES also brought Elmo, Abby, and Sesame Street to the Cornerstone shelter in Uptown in late April. The children (and parents) were excited to hug their favorite characters and take family photos. Many thanks to Sesame Street for including us in their visit to Chicago!

As the program wound down, children participated in science projects with Mad Science, Code Play Learn, and Code Create. S&P Global visited Cornerstone and not only brought volunteers, but also worked with the children on coding, building sculptures from marshmallows and spaghetti, and programmed robot mice. HOPES also brought several organizations to SRHAC from our outreach efforts to provide families with a Community Resource Fair. We hope to host more resource fairs at other shelters. SRHAC also had a party hosted by Carolyn Belleville and her family where the children dug for fossils. And in the final week, the HOPES program at Primo was featured on NBC Chicago.

Last, but definitely not least, please mark you calendars and visit our website to purchase tickets for our first Gala event, Seeds of HOPE, that will take place at the Garfield Park Conservatory on Friday, June 22, from 6-10 pm. I hope to see you there!

Wishing you a warm and sunny spring,

Patricia Rivera