Empower Yolo Safe House
Members of our club visit the EY Safehouse House, the local homeless shelter in Davis, once a week. The Safehouse is a great place for our members to expend their efforts. Once a week, our members visit the shelter to do fun organized activities, and tutoring for the children, and more! We hope to include our health presentations, and resume building as part of our services soon as well.
Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter
Our volunteering with the IRWS in Davis, occurs seasonally starting towards the end of the month of November, With their partnership, we cook and serve a communal dinner, make health presentations, and have even run a very successful clothing drive on campus for the local homeless community.
Skills Classes + Resume Building
Many of our new members this spring came in full of new ideas. One very popular one was teaching different skills to our clients. One idea was cooking classes where clients can learn to make healthy food on a low budget. This will be important as these days pre-cooked foods are high in salts, processed sugars, and saturated fats, as wel as various other chemicals. Research as shown these things to correlated with obesity, heath disease, and diabetes. Another popular idea was teaching self-defense, particularly to the women. As many of these people do not have stable living environments, there is no telling what kind of people they may encounter. Learning self-defense will not only provide them with a sense of security but could also be a form of exercise. Another ongoing project that we have been implementing on and off at the various facilities where we work, has been resume building and job searching help for the adults living in the shelters.
Several times a quarter, members of Davis H.O.P.E. headed over to the Transitional Housing Community to give presentations to the single mothers that live there about basic nutrition, hygiene and lifestyle changes that can improve their overall health and the health of their children. We provided them with items to aid and encourage them on their paths to a healthier lifestyle. Some presentations focused on easy ways to avoid eating excess sugar, how exercise can improve longterm health, and where affordable healthcare can be found in Davis and Sacramento region.
The H.O.P.E. team gathered donations of dental equipment and distributed it amongst the local homeless along with an educational presentation and instructive flyers.
Throughout the summer and over the course of the year, we have offered tutoring services to people at the Homeless Resource Center who plan to take the GED, a certification equivalent to a high school diploma. With a GED, these people have a much higher change of getting a job.
With the help of some donated computers, H.O.P.E. team members helped people and the Homeless Resource Center learn basic computer skills.
The Keep Hope Alive Concert
By far H.O.P.E.'s biggest event, the Keep Hope Alive Concert helped bring awareness to the issue of homelessness in America along with featuring artists, Seamoose, Zion I, and Soja, on UC Davis Campus