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H.O.P.E. Saves Lives
“I was immediately accepted into H.O.P.E. and they assisted me with rent, childcare and most importantly— a therapist. The rent and childcare were great, but the therapy I received saved my life.” – Class of 2021 H.O.P.E participant “A”
Earlier this month…
I shared with donors the details of a sobering email I received at H.O.P.E., Inc. that reinforced how vital our work is in the community, beyond just providing resources to obtain a college degree. It was from a current H.O.P.E. participant — a single mother and domestic-abuse survivor— who is positioned to graduate in June with a Bachelor’s degree. For privacy reasons, I’ll call her, “A”.
“When I applied to the program, I had just given birth to my second child, I was experiencing postpartum depression, and had unexpectedly become a single mother. I searched everywhere for mental health counseling for my depression and the door was slammed in my face several times. Many therapists were booked for the remainder of the year while others would not accept Medicaid. I couldn’t afford to pay a therapist out of pocket but I desperately needed help. I knew I had to keep pressing forward for the sake of my children so I searched the internet endlessly for solutions to my mounting problems. While searching for childcare assistance options I found H.O.P.E., Inc. I was immediately accepted into the program and they assisted me with rent, childcare and most importantly, a therapist. I don’t know how I would’ve been able to pay my rent and childcare without H.O.P.E., Inc. The rent and childcare were great, but the therapy I received saved my life.”– Class of 2021 H.O.P.E participant “A”
I’ve always known the work we do at H.O.P.E. can make a lasting, positive impact on the lives we touch; it just hadn’t occurred to me until that moment that our support might literally save lives.
“A” is alive and prospering because of people like you who have continued to make donations and support our commitment to helping others create the life they envision for themselves and their children.
Since first sharing her story, I’velearned that two other participants who were once silently suffering with depression and thoughts of suicide, have also been on the road to recovery through the support they received within our program.
As the Founder and CEO/President of H.O.P.E., Inc. I share “A’s” sentiments: The rent and childcare donors fund is great, but the resources provided to save a life is priceless.
If you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
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.