Hope Street Margolis Family Center

Hope Street Margolis Family Center, a health, education and recreation resource of California Hospital, has been recognized as a national model for integrating health care within its community of Downtown Los Angeles.

Mother and daughter smile as they read a book together.

Over 5,000 children and parents benefit from the services provided by California Hospital Medical Center’s Hope Street Margolis Family Center. Our unique programs serve the needs of the whole family. Through engagement with our community members and listening to their needs, Hope Street’s programs have developed to include a comprehensive network of early childhood education, health and wellness, home visitation, family literacy, after-school enrichment, childcare, mental health, and child welfare services. These programs address the importance of having a community resource that inspires, educates, and serves those facing challenges. This holistic approach provides families in downtown Los Angeles and surrounding communities with a continuum of prevention, early intervention, and wellnesscare that supports young families and children from birth through adulthood.

For the past three years, summers at Hope Street have been an exciting season with the continued expansion of our youth programs. This past summer we welcomed over 120 young people ages 8–18 into our Summer of Science program where they were introduced to biology, ecology, and astronomy through an integrated curriculum that included hands-on experiments, project-based learning, and field trips. The summer curriculum also encouraged our students to explore the impact of social environments on human behavior. The theme of character was central to their research and discussion and students identified key words that best defined what being part of the Hope Street family means to them: tolerance, respect, kindness, acceptance, and diversity.

Throughout my 26 years as Hope Street’s Director, my staff and I have worked with a singular purpose — to strengthen the families in our community and offer opportunity for children’s success. Thank you for your partnership… “The only recognizable feature of Hope is Action.”

With warm regards,

Vickie Kropenske
Director
Hope Street Margolis Family Center