HOPES is working to alleviate the negative effects of poverty experienced by the students and families in MPS. HOPES is currently serving Capitol Heights Middle School (CHMS) to provide the basic necessities of its most underprivileged students. HOPES supports CHMS by providing food, clothing, tutoring, and teacher/administrator support..

HOPES provides school uniforms (shirts and pants), shoes, coats, hats, gloves, eyeglasses, and hygiene products to students. HOPES also delivers on a weekly basis food to families in need, providing essential food items like eggs, bread, and milk. Providing these basic necessities, along with MPS’s provision of two meals a day, allows the children and their families to shift their focus from survival to education.

The HOPES tutoring program provides academic support and mentor relationships with CHMS students and families. We provide once-a-week after-school tutoring for a select group of CHMS students. Students are selected through partnership with the CHMS administration and through community involvement. Students engage with tutors in a Bible study, reading enrichment, math enrichment, planned games, and a guided book club; snacks and movement breaks are also provided. One strength of our program is our ability to provide one-to-one and small group reading enrichment and guided book project based activities as well as specific small-group math instruction targeted to students' needs and grade-level standards. Additionally, the students’ families join tutors and volunteers for a weekly dinner and fellowship.

We are always looking for new, committed tutors and volunteers to join us for our weekly tutoring time. Please contact us if you are interested in serving.

Teachers and administrators face many obstacles in providing an effective and positive learning environment. HOPES works to support teachers and administrators in overcoming those obstacles. HOPES provides encouragement and support in numerous ways, such as: providing books for the library; providing breakfast/lunch for teachers and administrators on professional development days; providing needed supplies; painting classrooms and offices; and serving athletic teams.

Today, HOPES is meeting some of the basic needs of some of the students in need at CHMS; HOPES desires to meet all of the basic needs of all of the students in need. With your help, we can accomplish this goal.

In the future, HOPES wants to expand beyond serving exclusively at CHMS and begin serving other MPS schools. All children in MPS are valuable and have the potential to contribute to our society in a positive way. HOPES wants to meet MPS students, families, teachers, and administrators where they are, provide care and encouragement, and walk with them into a better Montgomery.