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

($50 or more)

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 (includes Thrift Store)

(not to exceed 10 hours per month)

25

50

WORK

Provide proof of a raise/increase/promotion

Provide proof of job anniversary (yearly)

(Provide letter from employer)

100

200

CLASSES

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)

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)

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

50

50

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, career-building certification

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

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

100

100

200

GRAD CHECK-IN

Graduate Check-In

(points can be earned once monthly)

GRADUATE CHECK-IN FORM

50

point redemption

  • 150 Points

    $25 gas card

  • 200 Points

    $50 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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