Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. – More than 250 elementary, middle and high school students at National CORE’s Sunflower Terrace and Colony of Humble affordable living communities will receive onsite youth programs in 2023-24 thanks to support from Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.
The grant will fund staffing, nutritious daily snacks and supplies for after-school programs and curriculum/activities for Teen Clubs delivered by Hope through Housing’s Building Bright Futures initiative. There are more than 150 children and teens at Sunflower Terrace, located in Houston, and about 100 children and teens at the Colony of Humble.
Hope through Housings youth programs offer school-age children a safe, inclusive environment and daily support. Each day, students receive homework help, a nutritious snack and exercise, positive role modeling, and other enrichment activities including STEM, the arts, character development, and college/career readiness.
The $65,000 donation continues and expands programs launched with support from the Sisters of Charity at Sunflower Terrace in 2021-22.
“The Sisters of Charity are helping us to create new vistas of opportunity for the children of our residents,” Hope through Housing President Gregory Bradbard said. “Our afternoon and summer programs help children to look beyond their circumstances to imagine bright, new futures full of possibility.”
Residents of communities served by Hope through Housing typically earn between 30% and 80% of the area median income. Many lack the educational and financial literacy skills to progress beyond poverty. Single mothers head 64% of the homes and 83% of the children qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
Hope through Housing’s mission is to help break the cycle of generational poverty. Utilizing onsite community centers and long-standing relationships with residents living within National CORE affordable apartment communities, it can deliver resources and support right where residents live. Hope through Housing offers services to more than 8,000 households and 24,000 residents.
Hope through Housing has three additional areas of focus.
The Connections to Care program supports senior residents with mental and physical health programs, social connectedness and financial aid, as well as a host of services that include transit support, disaster preparedness and aid in obtaining benefits. The Pathways to Economic Empowerment program supports family stabilization leading to economic mobility through a mix of secure, affordable apartment homes and onsite services/supports that empower adults to overcome barriers to employment and improve their financial situation. In partnership with its housing partner, National CORE, the foundation’s Unlocking Opportunities program also provides a stable living environment for individuals and families at risk of homelessness.