We have a very close relationship with many schools in our area. School counselors are often in charge of picking up the Backpack Program backpacks to distribute to their students. Because of these existing relationships and the conversations around the Backpack program, many unexpected needs arise that are handled with vouchers for every school. Any teacher is eligible to purchase clothing or items needed either for the classroom or the students with these supplemental vouchers that have no cap.
Teachers, nurses and all affiliates and educational professionals are able to participate in this program. At the beginning of the school year, we have a representative from H.O.P.E that is dispatched to local schools to explain all of the programs and available support including requests for services.
In all cases we aim to provide and make certain that everyone has an advocate that can attend to that individual’s unique needs. Introducing H.O.P.E. along with our staff and volunteer network remains critical to our mission of empowering professionals and local members of our community to continue supporting the hardship and adversity that often goes unnoticed in our society and our community.