2018 NASW-Illinois Chapter Statewide Awards

Chicago HOPES for Kids Executive Director Wins NASW- Illinois Chapter Statewide awards. NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world with 150,000 members and over 7,000 in Illinois. The NASW-Illinois Chapter keeps their members on top of up-to-the minute news and information regarding their professional development, whether it's changes in government regulations, breakthrough treatments, and innovative resources. This month NASW-Illinois Chapter announced Chicago HOPES for Kids’ executive director Patricia Rivera as the Lifetime Achievement award winner.
Pat Rivera has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social worker from the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Pat is the pro bono executive director for Chicago HOPES for Kids, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides academic support and literacy mentoring for children living in Chicago’s homeless shelters. Chicago HOPES for Kids began in 2006 as an initiative of Chicago Public Schools Homeless Education Program (HEP) when Patricia Rivera, HEP manager, realized that the majority of homeless shelters in Chicago had little or no academic support for the children living there. As a result, a program, then called “Chicago HOPES” was created with the support of AmeriCorps VISTA members and a great group of volunteers. The program offered students homework help, math and reading support, cultural enrichment opportunities, and field trips. The Chicago HOPES program quickly expanded to 27 shelters throughout Chicago. Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, Chicago Public Schools defunded the program in 2010.
Realizing the program was far too valuable to end there, Patricia and a group of HOPES volunteers applied to become an independent nonprofit organization. Nonprofit status was granted in late 2010, and the program started back up at two shelters in Chicago, two days per week. In early 2012, HOPES received 501(c)(3) status as a charitable organization and became Chicago HOPES for Kids with Patricia as the Executive Director.
Currently, HOPES programs are offered in ten shelters throughout Chicago, four days per week. With the support of over 150 vetted volunteers we are able to directly impact over 100 students every day that programs are in session.

New Summer Enrichment Partners

We're so excited to announce our two new summer partners: Harmony, Hope and Healing and Code, Play, Learn. Harmony, Hope and Healing will be doing music programming at Primo Center for Women & Children and Code, Play, Learn will be running a summer coding class. Thanks to all of our donors for #ILGiveCommunity and an $1,000 grant from Student Alliance for Homeless Youth who made this a possiblity. Updates on these programs to come. 

Grant Announcement

Chicago HOPES for Kids is pleased to announce that we have received a grant from the Student Alliance for Homeless Youth!

This grant will allow us to open our educational summer program at two shelters in Chicago: Primo Center for Women and Children in Austin, and Cornerstone Community Outreach in Uptown.

We sincerely thank the Student Alliance for Homeless Youth for allowing us to ensure that children living at those aforementioned shelters maintain their academic skills during summer break. 

 Student Alliance for Homeless Youth is a not-for-profit corporation that seeks to increase public awareness, reduce barriers to education, and improve the lives of homeless youth. Visit them on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/Student-Alliance-for-Homeless-Youth-270520606349116/?fref=ts

Student Alliance for Homeless Youth is a not-for-profit corporation that seeks to increase public awareness, reduce barriers to education, and improve the lives of homeless youth. Visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Student-Alliance-for-Homeless-Youth-270520606349116/?fref=ts

Environmental Systems Design, Inc

In early 2016, Chicago HOPES for Kids was informed that we were going to be the sole beneficiary of Environmental Systems Design, Inc. annual company fundraiser, Golfing for Good. To make a long story short, the efforts that ESD has put forth to help us out were incredible, and have provided us with the single largest donation we have ever received as an organization.

We presented our 2016 Impact Award to their CEO, Raj Gupta, as well as ESD employees Corey LiDonne and Asali Locke-Ellison for their grand efforts. They have truly transformed Chicago HOPES for Kids and the children we serve!

 From Left to Right: Corey LiDonne (Electrical Engineer, ESD), Patricia Rivera (Executive Director, Chicago HOPES for Kids), Danny Craig (Development Coordinator, Chicago HOPES for Kids), Raj Gupta (CEO, ESD), Asali Locke-Ellison (Senior Associate, ESD)

From Left to Right: Corey LiDonne (Electrical Engineer, ESD), Patricia Rivera (Executive Director, Chicago HOPES for Kids), Danny Craig (Development Coordinator, Chicago HOPES for Kids), Raj Gupta (CEO, ESD), Asali Locke-Ellison (Senior Associate, ESD)