Our Doors Remain Open!
By observing CDC guidelines and through the commitment of a dedicated staff, the our shelter has been able to stay open through the pandemic. We are grateful to be able to continue serving the healing process of our families.
- Responded to an increase of domestic violence calls: Lake County’s DV hotline has seen an increase in calls – from 14 to 100 calls per week. HOP has helped connect survivors with available resources and referrals and made follow-up calls to ensure these families have received the help they needed.
- Dedicated time to education and outreach: About 150 families in our greater HOP community have been called weekly and listened to in order to assess their needs. Many had been affected by COVID-19 directly and/or indirectly by losing their jobs or diminishing their working hours. This has had a tremendous impact on housing stability.
- Helped secure rental assistance: For families who have difficulty meeting the cost of their housing due to COVID-19, we have helped find financial resources that provide some relief.
- Implemented a tutoring program: Virtual learning has been a major challenge for mothers and children in our community. A partnership with with Loyola Academy High School has established a tutoring program via Zoom to support children in their educational studies. In addition, Loyola Academy students are providing ESL classes to our moms!
- Continued Wellness programs: Self-empowering and calming yoga classes continue weekly thanks to the support of volunteers providing remote services. We have created beautiful new artwork signifying the journey of healing and hope.
- Continued with Counseling and Healing: We continue to provide emotional support and guidance to our moms and their children to address added stressors due to COVID-19 impact.