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Graduate Program

Hope Opportunities

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Whether it’s been days, weeks, or more, after you graduate from Hillcrest Hope, we’ll offer assistance for the next five years in the form of case management, budgeting assistance, help around the holidays, and more.

About Hope Opportunities

The Hillcrest Hope Opportunities program encourages graduates to participate in community engagement, self-improvement, and other positive activities both for themselves and their children with incentives that continue to provide support and stability. Graduates are eligible to participate in the Opportunities program for five years following their Hillcrest Hope graduation. Points are earned and reported to be redeemed for benefits, like financial assistance for gas, childcare, rent, and other essentials.

As part of the hope opportunities program, you’ll receive...

Case Management

Budgeting Guidance

Christmas Donations

Point Redemption

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Graduate Support

We want to know how you’re doing, and help support you along the way.

Point Redemption

150 Points

$25 gas card

200 Points

Pantry shopping trip

250 Points

$50 thrift store voucher

500 Points

$100 thrift store voucher

500 Points

$100 childcare reimbursement
(Must provide receipts for recent childcare expenses)

500 Points

$100 rent reimbursement
(Must provide receipt from recent rent payment)

How to get Hope Points

Budget
Budget Activity
Points

Provide proof of a debt pay off ($50 or more)

100

Bring in completed monthly budget to review with staff (must schedule in advance)

100
Service
Service Activity
Points

Each hour of volunteering (not to exceed 10 hours per month)

25

Hillcrest Hope volunteering (includes thrift store, not to exceed 10 hours per month)

50
Work
Work Activity
Points

Provide proof of a raise/increase/promotion

100

Provide proof of job anniversary (yearly, provide letter from employer)

200
Classes
Classes Activity
Points

Provide proof of participation in a skill-enhancing class

Qualifying classes include: ShowMe Healthy Relationships, Bravehearts for Dads, Mid-Continent Public Library employment and computer skill classes, Liberty Hospital health classes, Financial Peace University, Synergy Services Support Groups, and other pre-approved classes.

100

Provide proof of participation in a community-building class

Examples: Library story time/book clubs, etc., AA/NA, Single Mom’s Group (Liberty), MOPS, Liberty Hospital Support Groups, St. Luke’s Support Groups and Classes, and other pre-approved classes.

Not to exceed 10 classes logged per month

25
School
School Activity
Points

Provide proof of child’s perfect attendance record *

200

Provide proof of child’s academic recognition *

50

Provide proof of child’s character recognition*

50

Provide child’s recent high school graduation certificate

500

* Must be authorized by school staff; can be earned once per semester.
You are only eligible to earn these points if child is in your custody and lives in your household

Higher Education
Higher Education Activity
Points

Provide achievement of recent, career-building certification

Qualifying certifications include CPR, First Aid, Forklift, OSHA, CNA, CMT, CDL, other approved trainings

100

Provide completion of apprenticeship

500

Provide achievement of high school diploma or Hi-Set

500

Provide documentation of completed college course (points can only be earned for grades “C” or above)

200
Hope Duties
Hope Duties Activity
Points

Life skills attendance (Monday evenings at 6:00pm; must RSVP for childcare)

100

Program graduation attendance (dates on event calendar; must RSVP for childcare)

100

Graduate reunion attendance

200
Graduate Check-In
Graduate Check-In Activity
Points

Graduate Check-In (click for form)

Points can be earned once monthly

50
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