FOCUS: HOPE COMMUNITY
The HOPE Village Initiative
HOPE Village Initiative
The HOPE Village Initiative is breaking the cycle of generational poverty impacting the community around Focus: HOPE by: providing quality education for children and families, creating economic opportunities for community members and transforming the environment.
Focus: HOPE and its partners are working to provide quality education for children and families in the HOPE Village.
Early Childhood Education
Established in 1987, Focus: HOPE’s early learning programs: Serve over 200 children per year; Serve over 250 women a year with peer to peer support for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting.
CDF Freedom School
Beginning in summer 2016, Focus: HOPE partnered with the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) to launch the HOPE Village CDF Freedom Schools and promote the development of strong, literate, and empowered young people in Detroit’s HOPE Village. The full-day summer program lasts six weeks and features a multicultural reading curriculum with the theme, “I can make a difference.” All programming is completely free to families.
- Multicultural reading curriculum
- Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math
- Weekly field trips
- Weekly family engagement sessions
- Civic engagement and social action
- Intergenerational leadership development
- Healthy breakfast, lunch, and snacks
CDF Freedom Schools combat summer learning loss, a phenomenon that disproportionately affects low-income children. Instead of declining over the summer, HOPE Village CDF Freedom Schools students’ reading levels increased by an average of nine months over the course of the six-week program.
Additional outcomes include:
- Love of reading
- Positive attitudes about school
- Positive racial identity
- Conflict resolution skills
- Parent engagement
Plans for the Future:
In 2016, the first HOPE Village CDF Freedom School served 50 children in grades K-2. Due to the students’ success and the overwhelmingly positive response from community members, Focus: HOPE is working to expand the summer program in 2017 to serve children in grades K-5 and then begin offering after-school programming in the fall. In order to create a pipeline of supports and attain the HVI’s 2031 goal, we aim to serve an even larger number of HOPE Village children and families in 2018.
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Focus: HOPE has been driving successful youth development for years through the efforts of its Community Arts and Generation of Promise.
Youth programming works to guide community youth to the highest levels of personal achievement through concentration on academic achievement, leadership development, personal development, community involvement, regional relations, and cultural competence/diversity training.
Focus: HOPE and its partners are working to provide ensure that children and their families have access to economic opportunity
Center for Working Families
Earn It, Keep It, Grow It!
We provide no-cost services to help local residents and students attain family stability and achieve their financial and career goals.
Our CWF is a proud member of the Greater Detroit Center for Working Families’, a network of CWFs across Detroit and Pontiac working collectively to provide financial opportunities to its participants.
Financial Success Classes and Coaching
Offers FREE classes and one on one coaching that help improve credit score, set budgets, developing a plan and more.
Income Support Assistance
The Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) has a permanent presence on Focus: HOPE’s campus. Counselors are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
"The financial literacy class was very informative not only on saving money but it helped me look at the way I spend my money and how to budget the little money I receive."
"I never fully understood the hiring world until job seeker boot camp. Now, all the tools and skills I gained I can keep for a lifetime."
"I am a better job candidate because I am better prepared for an interview. I have an updated resume that showcases my skills and I am excited for the future."
"Job Seeker Boot Camp is very vital because it gave me the confidence that I lost being unemployed. I received a lot of encouragement that was greatly appreciated."
A powerful “success network” that both strengthens connections between neighbors and weaves together the services of seven nonprofit organizations to create success opportunities for Network members.
Network membership is open to families and individuals who live or go to school in the neighborhood. Each organizational network partner offers different and complementary services; together they are implementing a collective impact model – one which:
- provides access to the services of all organizations through multiple points of entry
- allows for sharing of data about the impact of the Network on the self-sufficiency of individual Network members
- is changing the odds of success and economic self-sufficiency for neighborhood residents
- DETROIT PUBLIC LIBRARY, PARKMAN BRANCH
- FOCUS: HOPE CENTER FOR WORKING FAMILIES
- ACCOUNTING AID SOCIETY
- JOY PREPARATORY ACADEMY
- NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICE ORGANIZATION (NSO)
- NEW PARADIGM GLAZER ACADEMY
- WELLSPRING LUTHERAN SERVICES, OAKMAN PLACE APARTMENTS
Small Business Support and Entrepreneurship
Community revitalization efforts also include developing a comprehensive program of supports for cultivating the HVI business community. This consists of a series of trainings, workshops, a co-working space and technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Focus: HOPE and its partners are working to ensure that HOPE Village children and families live in a safe and supportive neighborhood
- Crime hot spots have been identified and information circulated to neighbors
- More than 250 vacant and abandoned homes have been demolished
- Residents participate in a Safety Action team – identifying and addressing problems.
Significant strides have been made to build a crime-free community through our Community Safety Coordination Strategy. Crime hot spots have been identified and information circulated to neighbors regarding the crime that is occurring.
More than 700 properties have been referred to the Wayne County Nuisance Abatement Program, which tackles blighted and deteriorated buildings. Also, residents are taking action and reporting crimes in our anonymous drop–boxes, places where they can comfortably and anonymously report crimes in the area.
Keep it 100!
Keep it 100! is an ongoing project in HOPE Village that aims to make the HOPE Village 100% clean, safe and beautiful.
From 2015 – 2017 the following was accomplished:
- Over 320 trees and bushes were planted
- Over 18 alleys were cleaned
- Over 1,600 cubic yards of debris/brush were removed
- Over 600 tires were removed
- Over 250 abandoned homes were demolished
We encourage residents to volunteer. Learn how you can get involved.
HOPE Village became one of two inaugural Eco-Ds in Detroit in 2016. Through this initiative, it is working to become a sustainable, equitable, liveable and resilient community.
Parks and Open Space
Every park in the HOPE Village has been repaired and improved during the last 10 years. Focus: HOPE and the HOPE Village are working with the City of Detroit and other partners on vision for a new Inner Circle Greenway that will connect the HOPE Village to other neighborhoods along a 26 mile walking and biking path on a converted railroad corridor.
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