Helping Schools Address Needs of At-Risk Youth
In the fall of 2021, Center of Hope began a new program to address the needs of at-risk youth in Parker County called Counselor’s Closet. While our Camp Hope program focuses on feeding children in the summer, the Counselor’s Closet allows us to address food insecurity, as well as meet other needs of children during the school year.
Partnering with Aledo, Millsap, Poolville, Springtown, and Weatherford ISDs, as well as two after-school programs, this service provides schools with food and snacks, hygiene products, clothing, school supplies, and other requested items from school counselors. Although these items only provide short-term relief, it opens an opportunity for counselors to start conversations with their students. If a counselor finds additional resources are needed, they will refer the student’s family to Center of Hope for more comprehensive services.
“We feel extremely grateful and blessed to have the Counselor’s Closet,” said one Springtown ISD counselor. “Times are especially hard and not all our students qualify for our free and reduced lunch program. We rely on our partnership with Center of Hope to help kids in need so they can focus on what truly matters – their education.”
If you are interested in helping to provide essential items for students in our local ISDs, visit our wish list at centerofhopetx.com/family-empowerment/ or contact Hanna Siebert at email@example.com or 817.594.0266 ext. 330.