Community Hope empowers people by developing significant mentoring relationships with children, youth and adults, and by providing food and emergency relief through the school, law enforcement and social services.
Mentoring Children and Youth
Community Hope uses the Kids Hope USA model to train and resource volunteers to meet with the same Lake City School student for one hour per week through out the school year. These relationships are key components to building self-esteem, social appropriateness, and decision-making skills that deeply impact a child's life. Teachers report improvement in attendance rates, self-confidence, and behaviors of their Kids Hope students. You can learn more about Kids Hope USA by visiting www.kidshopeusa.org.
Back Packs for Kids
Community Hope is home to Back Packs for Kids which receives food donations from area churches and individuals who recognize the need to supplement food supplies for people in our community. Volunteer teams pack and distribute the food packs on a weekly basis to Lake City Elementary School. It's a partnership that provides relief to children and their families and which school staff reports, brings ear-to-ear smiles to children's faces. Monday morning goes better when you have a full stomach Sunday night.
Back Packs for Kids also packs hygiene supplies, snacks, toys, books, and a blanket for emergency relief to children and youth in traumatic situations. Local law enforcement agencies and the Dept. of Health and Human Services distributes packs according to need.
Community Hope uses the Open Table model to train and equip groups of people to assist a person or family in transitioning out of poverty. Area agencies refer candidates to Open Table who begin a one year process of reaching goals they've identified by meeting weekly with their group and developing relationships that broaden their network of solving problems. Open Table participants have a high rate of success and often volunteer to serve on future "Tables" for the sake of others. You can learn more about the Open Table by visiting www.theopentable.org.