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Join Our Team This Football Season: Team HOPE

September 28th, 2020

Football

This season you might not be able to watch your children play sports, or sit outside with your friends while your favorite football team scores the final touchdown. You might not be gathering together for that awesome pre-game party or the delicious food at the tailgate. Even that post-Thanksgiving game of flag football in your backyard might not happen this year.

COVID-19 has probably taken away your ability to coach, cheer, and even be your family’s best Sunday-afternoon quarterback. But that doesn’t mean it’s taken away your ability to be a part of a team: Team H.O.P.E.

How I Won The Game With Team H.O.P.E.

My name is Latiffa, and I’m a current H.O.P.E. participant. I have a lot to be thankful for this year, because of people like you. Because of your donation, I was able to get the counseling and mentorship I needed to improve my life and advance my career. Because of your support for H.O.P.E. and its mission, I know I’m not alone.

In 2019, H.O.P.E. came to me in the form of a lifeline. It had been four years since I moved from New York to Atlanta to create a better life for myself and my daughter. Not only am I the epicenter of my family, but I am my daughter’s world— her only parent.
I began working three jobs and going to school. The hard work and stress seemed like the right thing…until it wasn’t. Bills piled up and I had to make the incredibly hard decision to quit school
in lieu of better pay so that I could help my mother and brother, both of whom had been diagnosed with cancer years prior.

To make matters worse, my grandmother became sick and my uncle was struggling as well. I am my family’s caretaker: the reliable one, the dependable one, the one “most likely to succeed”. I thought that I could never share my struggles, but my world was caving in. I had a job, but couldn’t pay my bills. I was applying for schools that I would never be able to attend. I was afraid of becoming homeless. I was scared of becoming worthless to my family and my daughter. The last good fight I had in me was to find out how to get help with rent, get myself back into school, and find services to heal a newly formed tension between me and my daughter. I didn’t know what I was looking for at the time, but I found the answers in H.O.P.E.

H.O.P.E. quickly helped me find temporary rental assistance, access to school grants and scholarships, and resources to sell my car and get a better one. They also helped me manage my other expenses, ease my stress, and strengthen my relationships with my family. The best part? They never once made me feel like I was getting a handout – it was an opportunity, a lifeline.

Through counseling, a career mentor, and access to resources, H.O.P.E. helped me to get back on track. I was able to find the champion within myself and get back to school and excel in a budding career in Human Resources. When my mother’s health deteriorated, a former H.O.P.E. graduate purchased buddy pass tickets so that I could fly first-class to see her.
As I see it, if you’re going to invest in a worthy cause, this is it…H.O.P.E. To serve just one single parent (the way they helped me) costs $4,582.50 per year. Their goal this year is to serve 20 parents.

So will you join our team?

What I’m asking you to do today is to help me take this ball down the field to score another touchdown for a single parent who’s afraid, discouraged, and hanging on by a thread. Help us all by supporting H.O.P.E. with a year-end gift.

Pick your team title:

Cheerleader: $100
Player: $250
Coach: $500 or more
Team Owner: $1,000 or more

Every team has players, coaches, cheerleaders and fans. Donate today and join our team…take another single parent, like me, to the Superbowl!

Sincerely,
Latiffa A.
Proud member of Team H.O.P.E.

P.S. If you haven’t already done so, please like and follow H.O.P.E.’s Facebook page— where I’ll be hosting a live event in November.

Run With Us, Enter to Win Big Peach Co. Shoes!

September 11th, 2020

 

Run

Wanna win a brand new pair of running shoes?

We’re excited to announce that this year for our annual Neon Deon 5K Run (happening September 21- October 7‬) we’ll be partnering up with one of Atlanta’s top fitness stores— Big Peach Running Co.!

In honor of the event, Big Peach Running Co. will be generously donating a FREE pair of shoes to one lucky runner, a $150 value!

So how do you win?

LIKE, FOLLOW, and then TAG two people on either the H.O.P.E, Inc. (Helping Other People be Empowered) page, or this Neon Deon page AND Big Peach Running Co. – Suwanee or Big Peach Running Co. – Brookhaven to qualify for a FREE pair of shoes from Big Peach Running Co.

The opportunity ends September 16 at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be announced ‪on September 18!

 

 

Support Atlanta’s Frontline Workers: Donate To HOPE

September 2nd, 2020

ICU Nurses

If these last few months have left you feeling down, you’re not alone. With everything that’s happened because of COVID-19, it’s been a hard year, especially for those who were already struggling to get by before the pandemic. Everyone is feeling the effects of 2020— even Michelle Obama, who recently said she’s coping with depression.

Last week we spoke with a HOPE graduate named Tiffany about her experience as an ICU nurse during COVID. “It’s scary for me because I had a coworker, another nurse, who died in that unit after catching COVID from helping our patients,” she said. “I’ve seen a few cases where people have survived, but most of the cases ended in death.”

To help get through the everyday stress of her work, Tiffany has started counseling sessions to help address her anxiety and depression. “A lot of patients are dying and people don’t realize how many,” she said. “You might see the numbers posted on the news, but I see the faces. Everyday it’s scary.”

In Georgia alone, we’ve seen over 200,000 people get sick, and over 4,000 deaths. And these numbers don’t tell the full story, since many more have died of COVID-related health complications.

“I look at your emails to get hope,” says Tiffany. “Because right now I don’t see a lot of hope on my floor in the ICU unit.”

Help us help them

Here at HOPE we’re supporting both the parents who’ve fallen on hard times during the pandemic, as well as our frontline heroes. With many of our program graduates working as nurses or in health-related fields, we’re doing our best to make sure all members of our program have the support they need during this difficult time.

Support HOPE

You can help us in our efforts to support single parents and frontline heroes by making a one-time or recurring monthly donation to HOPE. We can’t do this work without you, and your monthly gift makes a huge difference to every parent in our program.

Your gift of $40/month will help with our emergency assistance fund. Recently, we’ve helped parents with utilities, donated cars, car insurance, food, rent, gas, even diapers.

Your gift of $60/month can mean a life-saving counseling session for one participant.

Your gift of $120/month can support a single parent with two counseling sessions during a difficult time.

Your monthly donation will allow us to increase our resiliency, by providing more parents with emergency assistance and mental health support. Your donation doesn’t just help single parents, it helps create and keep families healthy.

With love,
The HOPE Inc. Team

About HOPE

Here at HOPE, we’re dedicated to helping single parents of Metro Atlanta through education. Our program plays a key role in social justice by ensuring that our participants, 95% of whom are African American, are able to obtain their college degrees and secure future wealth, opportunities, and privileges in our society.