The purpose of The Hope Program is to partner with the ATLAS Program, a public-school intervention program providing resources for legitimately homeless children and families in transition within the school system, and assist their efforts to help transitional students and families find short-term and long-term care and support for education and life sustainability. The HOPE Program vision is to be a “hand up” to children and families within the ATLAS program by providing food, school supplies, toys, and books to families in need.
Subtitle VII-B of The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act authorizes the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program and is the primary piece of federal legislation related to the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. It was reauthorized in December 2015 by Title IX, Part A, of the Every Student, Succeeds Act (ESSA)
The HOPE FunCare Bag program consists of providing a fun and care package to families in transition. This fun care bag (backpack) includes non-perishable food, toys and games, hygiene items, and more to provide for food throughout the week and help balance the family stress. Our efforts are also to support school Summer Feeding programs with additional resources during the summer months to help feed families.
The FunCare Bags are prepared by our volunteers and dropped off at each school for School Counselors to distribute to the students.
The HOPE Fest is designed to be an event filled with care, fun, and hope to the ATLAS program's families. We will provide hot food, entertainment, community resources, job opportunities, and more in a safe and wholesome environment (local school or community center) to the ATLAS designated families during this fest.
The HopeFest is designed to be hosted twice a year and will combined ATLAS program students from surrounding schools within a designated county.
Sumitomo Leadership collecting food
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