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Rotary Club of Beverly Hills Funds Home Libraries for Families in Need

A $3,500 grant from Rotary Club of Beverly Hills brings the joy of reading to low income families living within Hope Street's service area of downtown and south Los Angeles

Books can seem an unattainable luxury for many residents in Hope Street’s service area where 29% of households are living on less than $15,000 per year and 45% earn less than $25,000 per year. To address this “book desert,” in 2015 Hope Street began distributing one book a month to families with children ages 0-5 who are enrolled in one of our early childhood development programs. To date, approximately 3,000 books have been distributed to 320 families. With the help of the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills, we are excited to expand the reach to more families who can benefit from this program’s significant impact.

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Team Hope Street Finishes Strong in CHMC Heart of the City 5K

Hope Street kids and their families, along with Hope Street staff, hit the pavement running early Saturday morning, March 24, in California Hospital Medical Center’s 6th annual Heart of the City 5K race. Students trained and prepared for the race that let them run along traffic-free streets in downtown Los Angeles. When asked what she liked best about the race, Hope Street 7th grader, Haniha, (kneeling 1st row with turquoise sunglasses) said, “If someone were to ask me if I would run the 5K again, I would say YEESS!! I was anxious about running at first because I thought I wasn’t going make it. During the run I had a lot of fun running with my friends and once I finished the 5K I was proud of myself because I felt like I achieved my goal.”

Thanks to the record-breaking race registration response and the generosity of sponsors including Cathy and Steve Needleman and Family, this year’s Heart of the City 5K raised over $255,000 in support of the expansion of California Hospital Medical Center’s campus.

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Local Colleges and Universities Partner with Hope Street to Train the Next Generation of Nurses

Nursing students from UCLA and Mt. St. Mary’s are gaining valuable community health experience as part of an interdisciplinary training partnership with Hope Street. For their community health rotation, the students are paired with Hope Street staff and participate in home visits where maternal child health is a critical factor. Through this immersion in the community, the students become aware of the importance of the continuity of care and public health challenges such as homelessness, domestic and substance abuse, and poor nutrition.

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Students Build Bridges with LAX Consolidated Solutions Team

Hope Street students experienced the world of engineering and construction over spring break when Jacob Dean, Senior Estimator, LAX Consolidated Solutions team for CONRAC,* along with his fellow engineers, Andrew Penaflor and David Sunada, facilitated a plastic straw bridge-building workshop. Arinda Cale, Estimating Administrator for Dragados, one of the Consolidated Solutions companies, coordinated the activity with the goal of raising student awareness of career opportunities in design, engineering, construction and related fields.

Students worked in teams to create straw bridges that could span an 18” distance between two chairs while supporting a paper bowl filled with pennies. Prior to building the bridges, students watched a simulation video of the futuristic people mover coming to LAX that will be known as LINXS. This project is a joint venture between Dragados and three other companies--Balfour Beatty, Fluor and Flatiron. Following the video, Mr. Dean shared a presentation on bridge design and told students how he discovered his passion for engineering in college.

Each team’s bridge proved penny-worthy indicating that Hope Street students may very well be among the next generation of the LAX Consolidated Solutions team of designers, engineers and contractors.

We asked Mr. Dean to share with us some of his observations from the workshop. 

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Students’ Work Featured in Dreams and Reality Art Show at Local Gallery

"Dreams and Reality,” a recent exhibit of Hope Street students’ art opened April 4 at galleryGOMEZ, 429 Venice Boulevard, just a half-block away from Hope Street Margolis Family Center. The students created their work over an eight-week session guided by local artist and gallery owner, Michelle Gomez.

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Friday, February 22, 2019
Circle of Hope Champions for Children Luncheon

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