What is 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 in the following areas to be redeemed for benefits. A total of 500 points can be carried over into the next calendar year, but all other points must be redeemed by January 15th for the previous year.

CATEGORY

ACTIVITY

POINTS

BUDGET

Provide proof of a debt pay off

Bring in completed monthly budget to review with staff

(must schedule in advance)

100

100

SERVICE

Each hour of volunteering

(not to exceed 10 hours per month)

Hillcrest Hope volunteering

(not to exceed 10 hours per month)

25

50

WORK

Provide proof of a promotion

Provide proof of a raise/increase

Provide proof of job anniversary (yearly)

100

100

200

CLASSES

Provide proof of participation in a skill-enhancing class

(points can only be earned for one class per week)

Provide proof of participation in a community-building class

(points can only be earned for one class per week)

100

25

SCHOOL

Provide proof of child’s perfect attendance record*

Provide proof of child’s academic recognition*

Provide proof of child’s character recognition*

Provide child’s recent high school graduation certificate

200

200

100

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 ED

Provide achievement of recent certification

(certification must be job-related)

Provide completion of apprenticeship

Provide achievement of high school diploma or Hi-Set

Provide documentation of completed college course*

*Points can only be earned for grades “C” or above

100

500

500

200

HOPE DUTIES

Life skills attendance

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

Program graduation attendance

(Dates on event calendar; must RSVP for childcare)

Graduate reunion attendance (every June)

100

100

200

GRAD CHECK-IN

Check-in call with program assistant

(Approx. 10 minutes; points can be earned once monthly)

50

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*

  • 500 Points

    $100 rent reimbursement*

*Must provide receipts for recent childcare expenses
*Must provide receipt from recent rent payment

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