Seeds of Hope cultivates minds and hearts for Christ by striving to make a transformative Catholic education financially accessible to any family who seeks it.
Every child is a seed of hope. In the wake of St. John Paul II's visit to Colorado for World Youth Day in 1993, the Archdiocese of Denver and several community leaders joined forces to create an organized, funded mechanism to support Catholic education in Denver. In 1996, this led to the formation of Seeds of Hope. The mission of SOH centers on tuition assistance to the poor in Denver so that families with low incomes can attend an Archdiocese of Denver Catholic K-8 school.
Seeds of Hope focuses on providing tuition assistance to make Catholic education financially accessible to families at low-income Archdiocese of Denver Catholic schools. All the assistance helps families access opportunity, stability, faith formation, and a quality education. When the schools receive the tuition assistance for the families, the funding also has the impact and benefit of helping support the schools.
SOH began as an expression of the Archdiocese of Denver's commitment to making Catholic education available to low-income families. Through the years, the assistance offered by SOH has varied, from grants made to schools for student need-based scholarships to technology upgrades, building repairs, or general operating support. SOH primarily focuses on providing tuition assistance to make Catholic K-8 education financially accessible to families in need. As the SOH founders intended, all of the assistance provided helps worthy families with opportunity, stability, faith formation, and quality education.
Charity Navigator, the largest and most used evaluator of nonprofits in the nation, recently awarded Seeds of Hope with an evaluation score of 98.5 for executing its mission in a fiscally responsible way while adhering to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities. This puts Seeds of Hope in the highest tier of evaluated nonprofits.
Assumption Catholic School 8th grader Pablo Uribe glides through a school tour with the comfort and ease of somebody proudly showing off his home. It was "free dress" day, but today he wore his Mass uniform, complete with tie, to make a good impression on his guest. After revealing a semi-secret staircase in the third grade classroom that leads to the school's prayer garden, it is easy to glean from the sparkle in his eyes and wrinkles on his forehead he's smiling behind his mask as he glances down at the question.
"So, you're kind of like the Mayor of Assumption, right?" Pablo is asked. "Well, I don't know about that," he says as he shyly turns away and gently brushes his right foot against a wall. "But this is a great place and I've been here a long time."
Pablo remembers back when he started kindergarten at Assumption Catholic School, he was a little scared about what was ahead. He did not know any of his classmates and was anxious about making some new friends. He can remember and rattle off names of some of the older students who went out of their way to make him feel welcome all those years ago. Now that his time at the school is winding down, he is excited to wear those mentor shoes.
"It's one of my favorite parts of going to school here, being kind of a parent to the younger kids," Pablo said. "I like looking out for them and making them feel comfortable because I know how important that was for me."
Pablo lights up when he talks about how his love of art and drawing landscapes could possibly be a career. He talks about how he discovered his favorite saint (St. Francis of Assisi) and how he likes talking about and learning more about Jesus in school. He talks about how the school's annual Field Day is his favorite school day of the year. He talks about his family tradition of how his older sister Leslie, older brother Jose, and younger brother Ruben, have all attended Assumption Catholic School.
After the pandemic made his life slow and challenging, Pablo mostly talks about how happy he is to be here, back home - back at Assumption Catholic School.
"I was pretty bored when we couldn't be here. The whole time we were out, I was missing one thing - the school. I'm just glad to be back here with the school giving me joy again," Pablo said. "What do I like about my school? I like our prayer garden. I like being in the choir. I like adoration. I mean, I just love being here."
Seeds of Hope is grateful to our supporters for making it possible for us to walk with Pablo, the Uribe family, and Assumption Catholic School, on the journey from kindergarten to when he will finally graduate this spring. Hopefully, Holy Family High School awaits him. Pablo's kind, humble and gentle nature, his love for his school, his desire to pay joy forward and his growing relationship with Jesus embody everything great about the Seeds of Hope mission.