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Project Hope Alliance expands services to HBHS

 
by: Allison Chayo Castagna
Posted: November 30, 2021

 

Jennifer Friend at HBHS

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH... Project Hope Alliance (PHA), whose mission is to end the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time, today announced it has received a three-year, $600,000 grant funded by a private foundation. As one of the largest individual gifts PHA has ever received, the grant will enable the organization to strategically expand its services and help support students at Huntington Beach High School (HBHS).   

“This grant is particularly meaningful to me because when I attended Huntington Beach High School, my family was experiencing homelessness,” said Jennifer Friend, CEO of PHA. “Walking alongside students in that shared experience, relating to them, supporting them, being proof that there’s hope for a brighter future fills my heart. This grant ensures that all students have the chance to achieve their dreams.” 

The funding enables PHA to partner with city and state officials to replicate the successful work done in Newport Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) and begin supporting students at HBHS this winter. PHA will work alongside school McKinney Vento liaisons, janitorial teams, case managers, teachers, and staff to help identify students in need of help. PHA will also connect with students’ siblings attending surrounding schools.  

PHA will begin with one case manager who will support 30 students in meaningful ways, such as providing emotional support, providing access to essential items such as clothing, food, supplies, and tutoring, as well as helping them navigate the myriad other challenges experiencing homelessness can bring. Through its annual holiday drive, PHA will also provide students and families in its program with holiday gifts and necessities. 

“HBHS is committed to ensuring the health and wellness of the entire student population,” Danny Morris Principal, HBHS principal. “Partnering with PHA is a necessary step to ensuring our students receive the support they need to be successful. PHA is uniquely suited to build upon existing student-centric programs already on campus, including a wellness center, and collaborations with other non-profits and community and faith-based organizations. PHA’s work will be additive and help fill in the gaps created in the tremendous needs of our student population.”  

For over 30 years, Project Hope Alliance (PHA) has been working to end the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time. Based and operating in Orange County, Calif., the organization has built a nationally recognized long-term and site-based model for ending homelessness. PHA case managers provide 24/7 support in areas of academic empowerment, social-emotional development, basic needs, and enrichment opportunities that are tailored to the needs and strengths of each individual child. PHA has achieved a high school graduation rate of more than 20% above the national average. Photo:ProjectHopeAlliance

 

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