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Southeast Regional Council supports Project HOPE Center in Lamar with a $100,000 grant

The Southeast Regional Council is focused on youth education and development. By providing a 4100,000 grant to The Project HOPE (Health, Opportunity, Prevention, Education) Center, the Council supported the critical services.afterschool programming efforts to Lamar’s youth in 3rd – 12th grades. Project HOPE strives to building community for a better tomorrow in Lamar, Colorado; a rural town of 9,000 people east of Pueblo. In partnership with Lamar School District, Project HOPE provides an afterschool program for youth, families and community members in Prowers County. Dedicated to providing “Health – for life long wellness, Opportunity – for positive experiences, Prevention – of risky behaviors, and Education – academic support for immediate and future success of students and their families,” the HOPE Center plays a critical role in ensuring all residents in Lamar County receive adequate support required to thrive. Support from the Southeast Council has made it possible for the HOPE Center to continue to grow and become not only a service for Lamar students, but for the entire community.

The HOPE Center provides healthy active living classes, opportunities for students to restore donated bikes, and just safe and fun place to be for an average of 150 youth per day, with almost 50 of those students electing to stay until 8:00p.m. In an effort to expand beyond an afterschool tutoring program to a center serving the entire community, the HOPE Center provides adult ESL classes, hosts a youth leadership program, offers a diabetes class facilitated by High Plains Community Health Center for Spanish speaking families, and teaches a Fit Family Challenge class. The HOPE Center also emphasizes the value of giving back by partnering with “Share the Spirit” and involving their young clients in programs to provide shoes for kids, hosting a community Chili Supper fundraiser, crafting thanksgiving cards for the local nursing home residents, and volunteering with “Toys for Tots.” The success of the HOPE Center is illustrated by the inspiring anecdotes told by students.  One youth captures the true essence of what this place means; “The HOPE Center is like my home. I help out friends. If I see trash, I pick it up. I help out as much as I can.”

El Pomar Foundation is a proud supporter and partner of this organization committed to building a community for a better tomorrow; serving as a model of community collaboration and partnerships. The focus of Lori Hammer, Executive Director of the HOPE Center, and her staff is the well-being of each and every individual who attends the HOPE Center, striving to help them be successful, well-rounded, and engaged individuals.


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