Hope Community Outreach and Development
What is your organization’s target area?
Hope Community Outreach and Development (HCOD) is in the City of Detroit’s District 4 in the Jefferson-Chalmers community. The target area boundaries are Alter Rd. (east), East Jefferson (north), St. Jean (west) and the Detroit River (south).
How is your organization making a difference in Detroit today?
Hope Community Outreach and Development (HCOD) is a 501c3 non-profit located in the Jefferson-Chalmers community. It is the mission of HCOD to partner with and empower youth and families to improve their overall quality of life in southeast Detroit and neighboring communities. The vision of HCOD is that Detroit’s southeast region will be a safe, healthy and vibrant community.
It is HCOD’s goal to make a difference through addressing and meeting the needs of its neighborhood residents and stakeholders. Based on the results of community needs assessment survey conducted in 2010, (4) key areas of need/concern for individuals, families and/or the community was identified. These areas were: employment, education, safety and health. As a result, HCOD is very intentional in ensuring that all program services address one or more of each of these neighborhood concerns. In addition, Hope Community Outreach and Development is a an enthusiastic partner with the Jefferson-Chalmers Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative (NSI) plan whose goal is to create a cleaner, safer neighborhood that preserves and enhances its current assets and encourages investment from new and existing stakeholders.
What are some of your organization’s proudest accomplishments?
Some of HCOD’s greatest accomplishments include partnering with and empowering our neighborhood youth and families to improve their quality of life. An additional accomplishment within the organization is continuously engaging in collaborative efforts with other non-profit organizations, businesses, residents, schools, universities, etc. in order to make a greater impact on the community, at large. These accomplishments can be seen through our youth summer employment initiatives, (9) consecutive years of our annual Kids’ Summer Adventure (KSA) summer day camp, our youth community engagement and leadership development group (JCYC: Jefferson-Chalmers Youth Connection), community health fairs, youth safety fair, free smoke detector installations and fire safety exit routes training, vacant property board-ups, community garden, and “Walking by Faith with Hope” walking groups, etc.
What have been your top lessons learned through your work in your community?
Lessons are constantly being learned through working in the community. Lesson One is that you must be a continuous learner. In order to be successful at serving the community, you must be willing to listen and learn. The organization’s ideas may appear to be great, but they are no good if they are not accurately serving those in the community. Another lesson learned is to serve with integrity. Each person in the organization must work/serve with character. A third lesson learned is that community development work may be hard work, but the impact far out ways the effort put forth.
What words of wisdom or encouragement would you pass on to others doing work similar to your organization?
It is critical to NEVER give up! Be a good listener. Give it your best. And remember to work together. Have Fun! The hard work really does pay off!!
How can others get involved/support your work?
Hope Community Outreach and Development always welcomes the added support and involvement from others who would want to make an impact on the lives of those in the Jefferson-Chalmers community. Feel free to contact Executive Director, Monique Holliday at 313-263-1633 or at [email protected] to determine what would be the best fit for those desiring to become a part of the team.