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There is a real fear

June 4th, 2020


If you’re connected at all to any form of communicative device, you are aware of the worldwide protest going on right now due to the countless and senseless murders of

young black men (and at times young black women) at the hands of law enforcement. For years, young black men have been murdered simply due to stereotypes, racism, and fear.

You may ask yourself, why is this something that we would address through our nonprofit’s platform. The answer is simple because 95% of the participants we have supported in our ten-year life span have been African-American. Even further, I am a young black mother, with a black husband, and four black sons. And there is a real fear. 

Just recently, my son was pulled over after work for speeding trying to pass the car in front of him, and I was SCARED. My first thought was, “NO, NOT NOW!” Because protest had been going on for a couple of days and I didn’t know if he was going to encounter an agitated cop. I prayed that he would remember to use the techniques I taught him about how to engage with a police officer if pulled over…to place his hands on the dashboard at all times, be polite and not argumentative, don’t reach for anything unless asked (and even then announce what he is grabbing), keep everything in one place so that he is not reaching in different places for the documents he needs, and lastly, if you are arrested don’t resist and don’t say a word. I’d hoped he would make it home alive and safe because I’ve seen videos of young black men murdered during a routine traffic stop even when compliant. And for what? Fear. 

Much of why we do the work we do at H.O.P.E, Inc. is to break barriers and defy stereotypes. I didn’t want to be a statistic, and neither do our single parents. They work hard to fight the double standards of society that pre-judge their ability, professionalism, intelligence, and even their worth because of the color of their skin. We support education with hopes that they can be taken seriously and earn a liveable wage to avoid a life of poverty. This movement helped birth H.O.P.E, inc. before it was named because it is a fight that African-Americans have had to fight since we were brought to this country.

We are blessed to know that we are supported by a diverse group of people that help us break barriers every day. They see the passion of our single parents and they care, but do they care enough to stand? It is imperative that their voice is heard just as much as ours so that we can live out the dreams of civil rights icons like Martin Luther King, Jr. that fought for equality.

There is a real fear and African-Americans are tired. We’re tired of dying, and I hope if you are not African-American that you are tired of reading about it and are moved enough to protest, talk to people you know that have the wrong view of what’s happening today and support your black and brown brothers and sisters. This is humanities fight, not just ours.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

Kenita Smith, BBA, MBA, MA
President/CEO & Founder
H.O.P.E, Inc.

We’re hoping it does!

June 3rd, 2020

They say that April showers bring May flowers, but does it? Is there really hope on the other side of this pandemic? We certainly believe there is hope. We see it every week through the actions of our donors. Here’s a video telling you just how much they’ve supported single-parent families that need them right now! We also slid in a little update about how we’re doing as an organization overall. I hope you enjoy it!

Sincerely,

Kenita Smith, BBA, MBA, MA
President/CEO & Founder
H.O.P.E, Inc.

P.S. Don’t forget about our Redirect HOPE giving campaign! The only way to keep helping the single-parent families in our program is through the donations you give. The SBA loans and other COVID19 relief efforts can’t be used to provide direct program services. We need you to keep HOPE going another ten years. Click here to donate the gas, restaurant, hair cut, coffee, or nail money you saved and make a difference. 

Had you found the same?

May 7th, 2020

 

I received a call from a monthly donor a few weeks ago stating that she was doing her monthly budget when she realized she had more income than in previous months due to a decrease in expenses from being quarantined. She immediately called to see if she could increase her monthly donation.

Since her call, we have had several monthly donors do the same without having to ask them, and even other supporters were looking for more ways to help.

I’ve noticed myself that my household has saved hundreds in gas,   and hundreds more in cosmetics such as hair, nails, pedicures,   massages, entertainment, and even auto insurance.

 What about you? 

Are you noticing that you have more money available these   months and are you looking for ways to help people during   COVID19?

 If your answer is yes, we have a great opportunity for you! Why   not give the $35 you would have spent on nails this month, or the   $200 you saved on gas, to single-parent families that need your       help?

We’ve had 50% of our active participants affected by this disease with either the virus itself, job loss, or reduced hours. Like other nonprofits, we are fundraising vigorously to support our single-parent families. That’s why we have started a COVID Relief fund to meet their needs.

If you would like to give to that fund between now and June 30th, please click here and impact lives when they need you most!

Sincerely,

Kenita Smith, BBA, MBA, MA
President/CEO & Founder
H.O.P.E, Inc.

P.S. Want to help people impacted by COVID19? Donate to our COVID Relief Fund and give hope to single parents in need. 

The Fight is Not Over!

May 4th, 2020

Hey HOPE Family, 

We will not allow the coronavirus to stop our commitment to single parents.

Why? Because despite the challenges this virus has created, we still have single-parent

families who depend on us. They cannot wait until “normalcy” returns. Therefore, we will not rest while they wait for government stimulus checks and unemployment, and we hope you will not wait, either.

That’s why on May 5th, we are participating in #GivingTuesdayNow. This global day of giving and unity was created as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

On this special day, please consider making a gift to help our community when it’s needed most. Your donation is tax-deductible, and your gift will be used to serve our single-parent families when they need our support the most.

Our work does not stop because of a crisis. That is why your support is appreciated now more than ever. Thank you in advance for joining us on this remarkable day of giving and unity, and for continuing to be a partner we can count on.

With gratitude,

Kenita Smith, BBA, MBA, MA
President/CEO & Founder
H.O.P.E, Inc.

P.S. On May 5th continue to make a difference in the lives of those that need you! The fight isn’t over for our single parents, but you’re keeping their HOPE alive. 

Did you really help? Yes, you did!

April 29th, 2020

 

Hi There,

We try to never leave you hanging when you support our single-parent families and our mission. It is my hope that you always feel informed and know where your dollars are going. Below, I have created a video (don’t worry it’s brief and fun) that will update you on how you have supported COVID19 victims and how we’re surviving.

I hope you enjoyed it!

Sincerely,

Kenita Smith, BBA, MBA, MA
President/CEO and Founder
H.O.P.E, Inc.

H.O.P.E. is now global!

March 26th, 2020

 

Thank you once again for contributing to our GlobalGiving campaign! You’ve truly helped our single parents and our organization in our time of need!

Because of your

generosity, we not only met our fundraising goal, but we surpassed it, generating $5,557. What made our victory even sweeter is that it happened on my newborn, RJ’s one month birthday (pictured on the right)!

Your support promoted HOPE to partner status on this global fundraising platform, which will allow us to share our mission with people from all over the world.

Please be assured that, thanks to your gift and those of your fellow supporters, we are continuing to do all we can to assist our single parents through this health pandemic. We will continue to provide emergency support to our families in crisis and keep you updated on how you are making a difference.
With my very best wishes to you and the people close to you,

 

Kenita Smith
H.O.P.E. Founder and CEO

The race is on to make a difference!

March 19th, 2020

As a loyal H.O.P.E. Neon Deon 5K participant, we thank you for all of your past support and look forward to—perhaps now more than ever—when we will see you again this fall at our annual event. Today, however, we are asking you to support a very special project.

 

As more and more states across the country respond to the world’s current health crisis by implementing shutdowns and social distancing, we at H.O.P.E. are continuing to provide rent and childcare assistance to single parents enrolled in college, while also providing emergency assistance to address food, utilities, and other needs. Sadly, COVID-19 has impacted our H.O.P.E. family personally, as one of our participants is currently afflicted with the corona virus.  She needs us, and her children need us to help her, today!

 

Can we count on you to help support her family through this scary situation? Please give $10, $25, or more today at https://goto.gg/45056. The race is on to raise $5,000 by March 25th, ensuring H.O.P.E. becomes a permanent partner on the GlobalGiving network, which will allow us to expand the services we offer to families in our community.

 

Thank you for thinking of others during what is a difficult time for all of us. It speaks volumes of your kindness and generous spirit. I am confident we will all get through this crisis, together.

Warmest regards,

 

Kenita Smith
H.O.P.E. founder & CEO

P.S.  I put together the following video, explaining how your donation means so much during our GlobalGiving campaign https://youtu.be/X2PuytLChMQ.  This is a great information tool for sharing with your friends and family who may be new to H.O.P.E.

Help HOPE Provide Emergency Services During Current Health Crisis

March 18th, 2020

 

As more and more states across the country respond to the world’s current health crisis by implementing shutdowns and social distancing, we at H.O.P.E. are continuing to provide rent and childcare assistance to single parents enrolled in college, while also providing emergency assistance to address food, utilities, and other needs. Sadly, COVID-19 has impacted our H.O.P.E. family personally, as one of our participants is currently afflicted with the corona virus. She needs us, and her children need us to help her, now more than ever!

Can we count on you to help support her family through this scary situation? Please give $10, $25, or more today and make your donation go even further with today’s GlobalGiving Bonus Day incentives at https://goto.gg/45056.

Thank you for thinking of others during what is a difficult time for all of us. It speaks volumes of your kindness and generous spirit. I am confident we will all get through this crisis, together.

Warmest regards,

Kenita Smith

H.O.P.E. founder & CEO

P.S.  I put together the following video, explaining how your donation means so much during our GlobalGiving campaign https://youtu.be/X2PuytLChMQ.  This is a great information tool for sharing with your friends and family who may be new to H.O.P.E.

H.O.P.E., INC. KICKS OFF GLOBAL GIVING CAMPAIGN FOR SINGLE PARENTS

March 17th, 2020

 H.O.P.E., INC. KICKS OFF GLOBAL GIVING CAMPAIGN FOR SINGLE PARENTS

Campaign will assist seven Atlanta area single parents with obtaining a college degree in 2020

 

DULUTH, Georgia (March 13, 2020) — H.O.P.E., Inc. (Helping Other People be Empowered)–a nonprofit organization serving low-income single parents working to obtain a college degree–today announced the launch of a GlobalGiving campaign aimed at securing funds to help seven Atlanta area single parents earn college degrees this year. The goal is to raise $5,000 by March 25.

GlobalGiving is an online fundraising platform that connects nonprofits with a national and international network of donors. In order to secure permanent placement in their network, H.O.P.E. must first successfully complete their Accelerator program which requires the organization to raise $5,000 from 40 donors by March 25.

“This is the perfect opportunity for H.O.P.E. to reach more donors with our mission and broaden our impact in the community,” said Kenita Smith, founder and CEO of H.O.P.E. “With the help of our community we look forward to completing the Accelerator program and ensuring our place in the GlobalGiving network.”

H.O.P.E.’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty by providing much-needed resources for low-income single parents in the Atlanta metro area working to obtain a college degree. Their goal is to eliminate barriers to education. They accomplish this by providing financial assistance for housing and childcare, as well as counseling services, life-skills training, spiritual support, and financial literacy guidance. Ultimately, H.O.P.E. strives to make positive impacts on the life-trajectories of both single parents and their children.

In the U.S., one in eight college students are single parents. Single parent students face daunting obstacles in their path to obtain a college degree. Unlike their married counterparts, single parents are more likely to have low-incomes and thereby face greater challenges in paying rent and childcare costs, ultimately forcing them to drop out of school.

Atlanta ranks 99 out of the 100 largest U.S. metro areas making it one of the worst cities for single parents based on factors including, income, access to community resources and education[1]. Studies show there is a direct correlation between education and income levels. These statistics reinforce the importance and need for these types of services for single parents, especially in the Atlanta area.

In its 10-year history, H.O.P.E. has helped 65 single parents with their goal of earning a college degree, which in turn, has impacted the lives of 157 children. According to the organization’s 2019 graduate survey, 84% of H.O.P.E. graduates increased their savings by 70% after earning their degrees; 42% of graduates increased their post-degree income by 121% and improved their credit scores by an average of 75 points. Additionally, 21% of graduates own a home, while 5% are in the process of purchasing one.

“We are proud of the long-term, positive impact we are facilitating in our community,” Smith continued. “We are eager to do continue our work towards breaking the cycle of poverty and elevating the lives of families in the Atlanta metro area. Becoming a member of the GlobalGiving network will ensure our mission can continue for years to come.”

Proceeds from H.O.P.E.’s GlobalGiving project will help seven Atlanta-area single parents attend college and earn a degree this year. Support their campaign before the March 25 deadline by visiting https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/empower-and-equip-single-parents-enrolled-in-college/

 

About H.O.P.E., Inc.

H.O.P.E., Inc. (Helping Other People be Empowered) is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization serving low-income single parents working to obtain a college degree by providing subsidized housing, childcare, social services and life skills. Their goal is to break the cycle of poverty by empowering single parents with a college degree to ultimately become self-sufficient. To learn more about H.O.P.E. visit, www.hopbe.org.

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[1] Source: Magnify Money

I didn’t give up!

March 16th, 2020

My name is Vlairis, I am a single mother of a three-year-old, and I was a full-time dental hygiene student. My dream had always been to work in healthcare since I was a little girl and that dream continued as I went through high school.

I found out about the dental hygiene career, and I fell in love with it. Since 2009, when I graduated from high school, I had been working towards that dream. Because my parents did not have the financial resources to enroll me in college, I was not able to enroll in post-secondary school right away and had to get a job instead. Yet, my desire to accomplish my dream never wavered.

Years later, with great excitement, I was able to finally enroll in college! However, before I could accomplish my goal of becoming a dental hygienist, I became a mother to my now three-year-old little boy. Some women may have given up due to the known hardships of being a single parent, but I didn’t give up! I knew that I had an even bigger reason to accomplish my goals.

As a single mom full-time college student, it was impossible to make daycare and rent payments. Thankfully, that’s when you came in! You were right on time to help me achieve a better future for my son and I. You gave me help with daycare, rent, and even paid for three months of swimming classes for my son during the summer. In addition to financial assistance, you provided training and seminars to help me make better financial decisions in the future. I will forever be thankful for the assistance and help you gave me throughout my journey.

Now you have the opportunity to help more single parents like me make a difference. There are seven more single mothers waiting to graduate from college behind me, and they need you to do it. H.O.P.E, Inc. is trying to make their dreams come true with it’s Global Giving: Empower & Equip Single Parents Enrolled in College Project. Won’t you click here and give today to affect change in seven more people’s lives?

Thank you for all you did for me and will continue to do for others!

Proud Graduate,

Vlairis E.
Dental Hygienist

P.S. Make sure your donation counts by going to our Global Giving Project page to give your gift! Help more single moms like Vlairis beat poverty.