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Hope Communities, Inc.

We provide housing to 1,500 individuals each year plus programs and services to help residents meet basic needs, access healthcare, and learn how to secure better jobs. Help us perpetuate our vision of a community in which everyone has a safe place to call home and the resources they need to thrive.

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Affordable Housing

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Blacks, African Heritage
Families
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Hope Communities offers affordable housing with support services for residents and provides those same services to the broader community for free. 41 years ago, the organization was founded on the principle that finding and retaining housing is a foundation for family well-being, economic stability and self-sufficiency.

Hope Communities provides housing to families based on economic capacity, meaning their income needs to be below the Denver Area Median Income to qualify for the program. The pandemic combined with the Denver housing crisis have created an ever-growing need for affordable housing and economic security for individuals and families in the community.

Hope believes that every family has the right to decent, safe, and affordable housing. Additionally, the organization is committed to maintaining and celebrating the rich cultural diversity of the neighborhoods served by building healthy and inclusive communities.
Hope provides 278 affordable rental units at four (4) properties in the diverse Denver neighborhoods of East Colfax, Five Points, and Northeast Park Hill.

In 2021, Hope has served almost 1,500 individuals with housing, resource navigation, wrap-around services, and customized programs, a 19% increase from the prior year.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Hope provides 278 affordable rental units at four (4) properties in the diverse Denver neighborhoods of East Colfax, Five Points, and Northeast Park Hill.

In 2021, Hope has served almost 1,500 individuals with housing, resource navigation, wrap-around services, and customized programs -a 19% increase from the prior year. In response to community need, Hope has provided more than 27,000 healthy meals throughout the pandemic, gave 1,300 vaccinations, accessed emergency rent payments for those who lost income due to COVID 19 and assisted 149 households in obtaining emergency utility assistance.

Afghan Family Empowerment Program

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Families
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
Middle Easterner Heritage
Children (3 -12 years)

Description

After quarantining at various military bases around the world, Afghans began arriving in Denver several months ago. Families arrived with nothing but the clothes they were wearing when they left Afghanistan, as each family was allowed to pack only a single backpack. The current challenge is not just to get families and individuals housed, clothed and fed, but also to respond to the trauma they experienced fleeing their country.

In the coming year, Colorado anticipates a 700% increase in Afghan refugees amounting to approximately 2,000 individuals. With Hope's navigation expertise and history of refugee support, the organization will be a vital resource for these newcomers as they navigate healthcare, education, workforce, and housing challenges and immediate needs. Hope staff is uniquely positioned to help Afghan families as they have navigators with language and cultural competencies; they can build trust, communicate in common language and have personal understanding of the trauma they have encountered.

One family recounted their journey as they left Kabul. They packed into a military plane to Qatar, where they had 15 minutes to eat a military MRE. From there, they took a flight to Germany. It took another three days before they were given anything else to eat. After leaving Germany, they finally landed in the U.S. and were transported to a military base in Virginia. 44 days later, they arrived in Aurora. Through community connections and word of mouth, they were able to get in touch with Lailey, who arranged for a ride from Aurora to the mosque in Northglenn to get household items.

Lailey, a Hope Afghan Navigator, spends hours talking with families like these who are overcome with sadness and stress - providing them much-needed emotional support in their native language. She will then work with these same individuals and families to get them set on a pathway for success: opening a bank account & teaching them about American finances, making connections with other agencies who provide English classes, locating a doctor that will work with refugee families without health insurance, or enrolling children in school - just a few of the many needs that Navigators respond to on a daily basis to support self-sufficiency and empowerment.

The goal for this new program is to not only hire Lailey full-time, but to also add another Afghan Navigator to the team to meet the future needs of refugee families who will integrate into our community.

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Evidence of Program's Success

This will be the first year of the program.

Resource Navigation

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
At-Risk Populations

Description

Hope offers comprehensive, multi-generational programs to address barriers to housing stability, basic needs, healthcare, and economic mobility for some of the most vulnerable populations in Denver. While Hope residents are housed in our properties, many clients we serve are not.  

For both residents and community members, Hope provides individualized resource navigation and case management, focused on access to resources and benefits, financial literacy education, career/personal skill development, and personal empowerment. Culturally competent Navigators meet and communicate on almost a daily basis with residents and community members and speak a variety of languages to more holistically serve the community.

Hope continued to provide direct, in-person service all throughout the pandemic. Given the barriers to success our clients endure, in -person support was vital. Hope has always been responsive to community need and during the pandemic the shift included assistance with basic needs, connection to social benefits, and access to quality healthcare has exponentially grown. Many residents and community members needed help in ways they had never before. Due to the changing needs and complexities, resource navigators have become even more critical in providing the support adults and children have needed over the past year.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Hope staff supports resource navigation in 13 different languages, ensuring that residents and the community are empowered to communicate their needs and feel understood and heard.

Throughout this year, 732 unduplicated individuals received resource navigation services.

Adult Learning Programs

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
Children (3 -12 years)
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Hope Communities provides programs and services that encourage and engage adult learners to acquire and advance skill sets that will lead to greater community integration and strong career pathways. Hope offers English classes, civic engagement programs and services, leadership training, and citizenship classes, health-related workshops, career readiness and computer/technology classes.

Since the pandemic started, Hope has continued to offer in-person resources and support to meet the current needs of residents and the community. The organization launched Tent Topics, a new program to host community partners on-site so residents could learn and gain timely and helpful information and resources related to employment, health, mental health, and much more!

Hope Communities integrates a multi-generation approach into programming, meaning we work with children and parents to give them opportunities and access that enable them to thrive as a family.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2020, Hope Communities adapted its programs to ensure health and safety for families. Hope hosted 50 Facebook live events as a channel to connect with the community and disseminate up-to-date information related to Covid-19, physical and mental health.

In addition, Hope partnered with other organizations to offer 10 virtual instructional workshops (in Arabic Burmese and Somali) to help residents navigate applying for benefits, setting up email accounts, and other online necessities that became paramount during the pandemic.

Youth Development

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges

Description

Hope Communities provides youth development programming that aims to benefit children cognitively, socially, physically, and emotionally. It is imperative that youth feel safe and bond with our staff, build healthy relationships and establish trusted community connections. Our youngest residents (along with their parents) are invited to take advantage of a program aimed to prepare families for kindergarten.

To support school-aged academic achievement, after-school homework help is offered for children to focus on their daily homework assignments. Group activities, field trips and presentations are provided to strengthen personal and social relationships, teach critical thinking skills and provide opportunity for youth to develop healthy food and lifestyle choices. Several clubs also serve to mentor youth.
Additional enrichment opportunities are offered while students are out of school, such as an overnight camp during the summer and a winter break extravaganza. For younger children, Hope's Educational Enrichment Program ensured ongoing engagement through physical activity, while we served middle and high school-aged children through Boyz in the Gardens and the Girls Empowerment Group.

During the pandemic, parents and children have had to adapt to online learning and activities for children. Hope offered parents support in digital literacy and launched a new program called "For the Love of Reading," in which Hope staff and volunteers read children's books and posted them online. Staff provided an intensive summer camp experience, continuing with academic support in addition to health and wellness, social-emotional support activities and community service projects.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2020, 79 youth received intensive support through Hope programs, adapting to outside activities during the summer and fall to ensure the safety and health of the children.

Through "For the Love of Reading" program, Hope offered 53 online book reviews and readings for parents and children to access on Facebook and other social media platforms.

Health and Wellness

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Hope gives the community access to knowledge and skills to manage their basic health and wellness, and facilitates many opportunities for children and adults to increase their health and wellness awareness.

Over the past year and a half, Hope has offered a variety of resources and information that have emerged as critical needs during the pandemic. Hope has hosted events at their properties providing information about Covid-19 and vaccinations in multiple languages in addition to thousands of masks, hand sanitizer, and vaccines. In addition to Covid-related needs, Hope helps families navigate the healthcare system including mental health supports.

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Evidence of Program's Success

To address food security, which has become a bigger need since the onset of the pandemic, Hope holds weekly and bi-weekly food distribution that includes fresh foods and culturally appropriate foods. Hope has provided more than 27,000 healthy meals to individuals and families in the community.

Hope distributed over 1,300 vaccines and hosted vaccine equity clinics in partnership with other organizations. In addition to vaccines, the organization provided thousands of masks and hand sanitizer to residents.

673 individuals have been helped with health and wellness activities including flu and vaccine clinics. Hope assisted 284 family members in obtaining key medical benefits such as SNAP, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Workforce Development

Class

Employment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
At-Risk Populations
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Upon the solid foundation of safe, quality, and affordable housing, families can take advantage of opportunities to achieve economic stability, independence, and mobility, regardless of starting point. Hope Communities' Career Programs aim to give adult residents the skills they need to explore careers, gain employment skills so they can obtain and retain a job with a livable wage to support their families sustainably.

Due to the pandemic, many residents have lost stable employment and are facing unprecedented economic hardships for them and their families. Hope has partnered with numerous employers such as Emily Griffith, First Bank, Amazon, Marriott hotels, among other local businesses to meet with residents and assist with job re-entry. Hope staff and volunteers have met 1:1 to discuss client specific employment needs, resume building, job applications, interview prep, and to discuss vaccine and safety protocol information so individuals can enter the workforce safely.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Currently, Hope staff is placing about two residents in jobs every week and has brought in 47 employers over the past year to meet on-site with residents seeking employment.

268 individuals have received job training essential to giving them the skills they need to re-enter the workforce or maintain secure employment and economic security.

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