Project Hope’s mission is to eliminate hopelessness in the North Texas Area by providing a program of coaching, training, education, and opportunity to all people who want to move from an impoverished lifestyle to a sustainable, quality lifestyle. The program focuses on seven areas: Family, Faith, Education, Career, Budget, Health, and Personal Issues.
Encourages families to actively participate in a faith community of their choice and meets regularly with their assigned family. We ask that these coaches commit to being with a family for at least one year.
Works with participants on preparing resumes, practicing interviews, and developing job searching skills.
Tutoring and Computer Coaches:
Provide individualized and direct assistance to participants while they are enrolled in academic or occupational training. Tutoring coaches are prepared to work with families on subjects such as math, language, writing, science, etc.
Meets regularly with the family to help them establish workable short term and long term budgets. We ask that these coaches commit to being with a family for at least one year.
Seminar Presenters and Volunteers:
Seminars are offered on topics such as budgeting, parenting, home safety, developing study skills, etc. Volunteers can present a topic or provide refreshments for the seminars.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I qualified to be a coach?
If you have desire to support families in creating a better future and if you want to make a difference in the life of a family, you can be a coach. Training is provided as well.
How are the participants chosen? Each family submits a formal program application and is then interviewed by the Director of Project Hope. A background check is also performed on each adult family member. After the director understands the family and its needs, they will match the family with the coach that best meets the family’s needs
Want Your Family To Participate?
There are many different learning opportunities within this program and the time commitment varies from weekly to twice a month. The program aims to enrich the lives of everyone in your family by improving your skills in many areas. If you want to learn about how you can be a part of Project Hope, please contact Laurie Kendig or click on How to Apply.
What you and your family can expect
Project Hope Scholarships:
Each family signs a contract that stipulates goals for specific areas such as education, career, faith and other objectives determined by the family. As a Project Hope Scholarship recipient, you may receive financial aid for occupational training, college tuition, books, GED assistance, testing expenses, transportation expenses, seminars, etc. based on the continued progress of these stated goals.
Mentors and Coaches:
As a participant in Project Hope, you will meet regularly with coaches that will provide support, encouragement, information and a sense of connection. Mentors can assist in areas such as preparing resumes, tutoring for academics, establishing a workable budget or improving computer skills.
Project Hope offers computer training in a small group setting as well as personalized tutoring. Classes are offered in popular topics including Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, email, and internet usage.
Project Hope Seminars:
Seminars will be offered on topics including personal safety, working with your child’s teachers, maintaining your automobile, maintaining your home or developing study skills.
Parent Support Groups:
Project Hope hosts informal discussion groups offering families support in areas including parenting, personal, and family issues.
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Project Hope Success Stories
Maribel and Luis
For Maribel and Luis, Project Hope is a family affair. Maribel first learned of Project Hope during a visit to their family doctor. She explains, “I realized that becoming part of Project Hope would mean our family must agree to the rules, that we would be making a commitment of our time. I also felt that if I didn’t take the step to be part of the program, I might miss the chance to study, graduate, and get a better job and succeed.”
With personal determination and support from her coaches, Maribel received her GED. She then went on to complete her Associate’s degree from Collin College. The same support has helped Luis gain the confidence needed in the workplace. He now has a better job with a good salary and benefits.
Maribel says she isn’t deterred by the commitment and meetings required by Project Hope. “I really enjoy meeting with my coaches. The time I spend with them is touching. I wish everyone was as giving as they are. I think they are doing what Jesus would do. Just like Jesus, they have made the decision to help other people. My dream is that all the people in the world would give something of themselves to make the world a better place.”
Precious was a young single mother when she and her young son were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. After the hurricane, she and her son came to Dallas but were separated from their extended family members. Eventually Precious, her son, her mother and 7 siblings were reunited while staying at a temporary shelter at Christ United.
Once settled into their own home in the community, Precious decided to join Project Hope. This began her journey towards a brighter future for herself and her son. While in the program, Precious earned her Certified Nurses Aid Certificate, got her driver’s license and purchased her first car.
When asked about Project Hope, Precious states “I just loved talking to my coaches so much. I would have been lost without this program. They never let me give up and I felt like I could talk to them about anything. They became like family.”