Here at Chicago HOPES for Kids we have so much to be grateful for. We were pleased to start programming on November 5 with Primo at their newest shelter site in Auburn Gresham. Nine sites around the city of Chicago have been served by Chicago HOPES for Kids since the beginning of October!
Program itself has been buzzing with activity. Earlier in November there was a field trip to Lifeway Kefir for families at Primo Sangamon, and House of the Good Shepherd enjoyed a field trip to Bloomingdale’s demo kitchen. Later in the month there is a trip planned for families at SRHAC to visit the Museum of Science and Industry and explore the popular Pixar special exhibit. The annual Chicago HOPES for Kids Art Show held on November 16th was a great success; families from House of the Good Shepherd, SRHAC and Primo Homan came to the Literacenter’s Lit Lounge to enjoy a meal catered by Gus’ Fried Chicken, take photos in the photo booth, create shared art works and winter wearable crafts, and enjoy a display of artwork from enrichment activities included in the program curriculum. Some of the curriculum themes for October and November explore history, strange worlds, following one’s dreams and giving thanks.
Middle school programming is also up and running at both House of the Good Shepherd and Cornerstone Community Outreach, with engaging, mind-expanding visits from Math Circles and Literacy Mentors curriculum. Two new enrichment partners, Marissa Panzarella and the American Red Cross will be providing programming at sites to support students with stress-reduction activities and first aid skills.
As autumn gives way to winter and program for Fall 2018 begins to wind down, I can honestly say that I am pleased with the quality and variety of learning experiences offered to students in our program. With the leadership of Site Coordinators and AmeriCorps volunteers, programming at each site is carried out week after week with creativity, enthusiasm and belief in our students’ abilities to reach their potential. I am deeply grateful for the efforts, attention and abilities of everyone who contributes to our program. Thank you, and have a warm Thanksgiving holiday!
Erica Walker, MA, LSW