FY 20- HFY1- LAYC- Weaving Hope Program:
PM: Number / Percent of parents who completed a minimum of eight (8) monthly Food Insecurity Workshops
LAYC- Weaving Hope Program provide services to a large Latino Population. The most challenging aspect of providing those services is the language barrier, which causes difficulties in parents comprehending sessions offered in the reducing child hunger programs. Weaving Hope initiated an ESOL session, not only to assist parents who have language barriers, but also parents who are even illiterate in their own native languages prior to teaching them English.
The provider continues to develop partnerships to support student and family services. Staff continuously met with The Prince George’s County Board of Education, University of Maryland, Prince George’s County Public Schools – Office of Community Engagement, International Student Counseling Office to plan and coordinate a college preparation workshop day, Estudios Universitarios a su Alcance/ A College Education is Within your Reach, for Prince George’s County students. The event is scheduled for March 7, 2020. An exciting project is that during this year’s event, a workshop will be offered to adults and out-of-school youth to continue to promote higher education to become financially stable.
Wellness: In addition, on December 19, 2019, over 38 families, in the reducing child hunger program, were able to access food resources through the monthly food bank, in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank. To cater resources to attendees, Clínica Del Pueblo and Mary’s Center were in attendance to provide free HIV testing and Health Care resources one-on- one to community members. Lastly, the staff continues to partner with Jovial Smile Dentist. Jovial Smile Dental provided toothbrushes to the community members These resources and partnerships are being developed to provide tailored and individualized support to families.
In order to achieve their targeted goals, staff meets with parents to discuss further assistance that can support their attendance - whether it may referrals to food banks, child care, transportation assistance and more. Furthermore, staff continues to seek job fair opportunities for families to further support them in their journey of becoming food secure. Additionally, through surveys, staff has been able to measure parent interests and recommendations of future workshops that they would like to be part of.