Hope House offers youth and adult education to prevent homelessness and enrich our community.

Pathways to Progress: 

The connections between education, employment, and homelessness are fundamental. A problem in one often leads directly to the others, exacerbating the situation. The Pathways to Progress Adult Education Program is a comprehensive response, offering no-cost educational, employment, and personal development classes for low-income and less-educated adults that bolster the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary for maintaining self-reliance, self-sufficiency, and independence. Operating onsite at Hope House, adults living within the shelter and the surrounding community can benefit from courses along three tiers – educational improvement with General Education Diploma instruction and testing; applicable employability skills development; and personal growth opportunities. The Pathways to Progress Program is founded upon the belief that providing practical, “real-world” options for low-income adults is fundamental for success educationally, vocationally, and ultimately, economically. In turn, these efforts directly reduce homelessness and poverty in the community.

The population served by the Pathways to Progress Adult Education Program includes adults living on-site at Hope House in either of the shelters for Single Men and Women or the family shelter, as well individuals from the surrounding community.

In 2014, Pathways to Progress graduated 14 individuals with their GED.

If you are interested in enrolling in our bilingual GED classes, please call Hope House at (414) 645 – 2122 and ask for our GED Instructor, Fred.

Shining Stars: 

Children from homeless and lower-income households often experience difficulties in academic competencies and lack the basic social and cultural skills necessary for future success. These children often fall further and further behind their peers academically, socially, and ultimately, economically. For twenty two years, the Shining Stars Youth Education Program has provided the youngest guests of Hope House and children from households in the surrounding neighborhoods with an environment which is safe and structured, built on trust and empathy, and staffed by caring adults who offer opportunities that strengthen academics, model positive social skills, and provide an atmosphere in which to practice new skills. Youth are offered a plethora of unique experiences to further their development as students and citizens.

New to the Shining Stars program during 2010 was a teen program that runs one night a week from 5:00-8:00pm and focuses on youth ages 12-18 years old.  This teen program has three components. The first component is Community Organizing/Outreach where teens select an issue of importance to themselves and the neighborhood and organize quarterly meetings for the community. The second focus is on Social Decision Making/Problem Solving where the last ½ hour of each weekly session is focused on social decision making with the aim of preventing violence, substance abuse and early sexual activity.  The final component of the teen program is on Socialization and Community Building where teens are brought together in order to know one another and build a community in a safe environment.

The population served by the Shining Stars Youth Education Program is children, ages 6 – 17, living on-site in the Hope House shelter or within the community on Milwaukee’s south side. The majority of community youth participants live in neighborhoods in close proximity to Hope House.  

In 2016, Shining Stars served a total of 116 children.

If you would like to enroll your child in our youth program, please contact our Youth Services Supervisor, John Stanford at (414) 645 – 2122 ext 823.  

Hope House is an equal opportunity employer, and therefore does not discriminate against any employees or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, handicap, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, arrest or conviction record, membership in the National Guard, state defense force or any reserve component of the military forces of the United States or Wisconsin, use or nonuse of lawful products off company premises during non-working hours, honesty or genetic testing, or on any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.  We are committed to basing our decisions about employment on the individual merits of all employees and all applicants for employment.   

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