“Over the past year, I’ve gone from a homeless, unemployed, single mother to a version of myself I didn’t know existed, and I can’t thank you enough,” said one attendee who worked with staff to create a plan to become self-sufficient: “I managed to get a job that paid more than I wanted, with better benefits than I wanted; I have my own home where my kids can be free and safe, I’m still in school, and thanks to the Hope Center’s financial literacy classes, I’m building my credit, making budgets, and saving for my family’s future.”
Another Important Omega CDC project:
Each week during the school year, Omega CDC also offers a Scholars of HOPE after-school program at Fairview Elementary and Edwin Joel Brown Middle Schools. “With a dedicated staff of certified educators, part-time lead and support educators, and volunteers, we partner with Dayton Cooks to provide a hot meal every day and a strong academic and enrichment program,” says Ward. “Improvements to the program, such as scheduled field trips and the mid-year replacement of worn uniforms, hats, scarves, gloves, jackets, socks and underwear, are not funded but are desperately needed by many of the children.”
Here is a list of items needed in the Hope Center and after-school program:
Donations can be made Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You are asked to call 937-723-8254 to drop off items at the Hope Center for Families, 1816 Harvard Blvd., Dayton, OH 45406.
Other ways to help:
The Omega Community Development Corporation is hosting a “Hope Rising Gala” to commemorate 25 years of service to the Dayton Community and the first year of the Hope Center for Families’ operations. Dinner will be held at Sinclair Community College from 6-9pm on Monday, November 14.
Keynote speaker is Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone, which The New York Times has called “one of the most ambitious social policy experiments of our time.” The mission? To end intergenerational poverty in Central Harlem and pave the way for other long-serving communities across the country and worldwide to do the same.
Tickets to the fundraiser cost $125 and up and must be purchased in advance: omega-cdc.org.
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