Poverty is too often like quicksand: if you fall in, it’s very difficult to climb back out without some outside intervention. While one-time and recurring assistance alleviates some stress related to poverty, it’s a bandaid and not a cure. Our new Helping and Offering Personal Empowerment Program (H.O.P.E.) offers participating families a cure.
H.O.P.E. is a two-year mentorship program designed to empower and equip program participants with the knowledge and skills they need to leave poverty in the past. Each participating family receives their own mentor who is chosen based on their fit and appropriateness for a specific family. These great mentors are volunteers with life and mentoring experience.
To qualify for the program, participants must meet the following requirements:
● They must live in either Sullivan, Unicoi, or Washington County.
● They must not have a criminal record.
● They must be working or trying to work.
● They must have children.
● And they must not have a college degree.
During the program, participants are expected to earn a GED if they don’t already have a high school diploma or GED. They are also expected to get a job if they are without a job at the beginning of the program and to graduate a two-year program.
Families that participate in this program will automatically be enrolled in all the other Seasons of Hope programs: Malachi’s Bundle of Hope Tri-Cities Diaper Pantry, The Birthday Project, Operation School Bus, and the Secret Santa Project. This ensures that participants are given the support they need to thrive and make the most of what H.O.P.E. has to offer.
To apply for this program, you must complete a screening form. If you meet the desired requirements, you and your family will meet with a Seasons of Hope representative to complete and submit an application.
Finally, if you are accepted into H.O.P.E., the 2-year program begins as soon as a mentor is found and placed with your family. You will meet with your mentor once a month throughout the program.