The HOPE Chronicle and its accompanying Executive Summary describe an effort to assist the Westside community of Port Arthur, Texas, through self-organizing. Initially a program without a permanent location, HOPE – like many other small, community based programs – used space within the community to coordinate and provide services for residents. Now housed in its own space, HOPE provides an accessible, supportive environment where various programs and services are provided to families in a one-stop, centralized location.
HOPE serves as a model for how organizations can work collaboratively to achieve the goals of increasing health and safety; reducing disproportionality and disparities in the probation and child welfare systems; and increasing educational success and opportunities for community residents. This model has a goal of helping to prevent foster care entries, which is a safe foster care reduction strategy.
HOPE’s work involves multiple community partners and child- and family-serving systems. Logic models and flow charts (left) provide a visual display of the investment, activities and participation associated with each core service, and their desired outcomes. Core services include HOPE’s parenting, life skills, GED preparation, youth anger management and case management programs.
The chronicle guides readers to think about the importance of resident engagement, both parents and youth; careful strategic planning; community engagement; and sustainable governing board development. Those interested in replication of the HOPE model will find this chronicle to be a helpful reference. Child welfare and other human services systems also will find it useful as a practice model reference.