Hope for the City #WECARE
A Peacemaking Project by Schronda W.
What is the injustice we are solving?
I'm a leader and visionary who advocates on behalf of the community. I am dedicated to creating attainable solutions for the challenges Baltimore faces. I have a passion for, and is commitment to, empowering my community. As a young child, I grew up in poverty and my family struggled to make ends meet. I've lived in poverty my entire life. In May of 2011 I ended up homeless shortly after the death of my grandmother. I found myself sleeping from house to house, homeless shelters, in apartment lobby’s and on some nights in the street while struggling to focus on school, days turned into months and months turned into years. I am determined to break the cycle of failure in my family and community. I have many ideas to transform my hometown, america, and the world of Journalism as a whole. My idea is to create a better Baltimore, a Baltimore where everyone matters. I know there are many hard-working families in Baltimore that are struggling every day and simply need the access and opportunity. And I also know that there are homeless people who would love to overcome homelessness, they just need a push and the resources. I confronts challenges by working to create positive and sustainable impacts to the issues that our world faces. My plan originally was to start the organization once I was successful in my career but then I thought, why not start now? The organization is called "Hope for the City," followed by the "WECARE" movement. My ultimate goal is to have at least 1 Center all 15 states in the next 20 years. I'm currently working diligently to overcome homelessness but my goal is to impact lives through my homelessness. Which is why I started the organization to help out my community. Now the organization doesn't have a 501 3c status, nor do we have sponsorship yet, which is why am seeking personal funding. I've been feeding the homeless at My Sister's Place for 2.5 years. Which is a program of Catholic Charities who is a day shelter, which I have been a client in the past. Some of the things I do in the community are: • Feed the homeless community the 3rd Saturday of the month and Distribute clothing. • Research policies affecting homelessness and journalism for advocacy campaign and other outreach activities. • Assist low-income community member with beneficial resources to assist them in bettering themselves and community. • Conducts street outreach in order to connect with the youth and young adult homeless population with resources. • Communicates with public/private agencies in order to produce briefings on relevant homelessness issues. • Prepares and presents monthly workshops to high school students on homeless issues and provide them with resources on how to volunteer in their community. • Organize and lead workshops at ACLU Youth Conferences • Communicated with community leaders on raising awareness on homelessness, sexual abuse, domestic violence and child abuse. • Organize and host annual clothing drives for the community. I provide these services using my own resources. I have most recently ppartnered with BACHS Healthcare to be able to provide more resources to the community who need it the most. Feeding the homeless impacts my life everyday. I Love the inspiring stories and everything that comes with it, especially the children smiles. I wake up everyday with one main goal and that's to impact lives through community outreach, journalism and media. My goal is to eventually turn Hope for the City into a community drop-in center and online multi-platform media hub. Families are the building blocks of communities. Strong and stable families mean strong and stable communities. Strong and stable communities provide the tools necessary for: better education systems, better housing options, more job opportunities and higher quality of living and equal access for all. Step 1 Alleviate financial burdens to allow families to focus on their personal interests. Step 2 Educate families about personal finance, goal setting, and credit building. Step 3 Motivate families to reach their personal, financial and academic goals. Our five-year strategic plan lays out three new goals and strategies designed to improve our services and promote social change. Our five-year strategic plan lays out three new goals and strategies designed to improve our services and promote social change. Our five-year strategic plan lays out three new goals and strategies designed to improve our services and promote social change. 1. Leadership We will use HFC's leadership position in the Baltimore community to benefit our clients, our future staff, and our nonprofit network. We are committed to expanding our journalism, media and racial equilty work to organizational partners throughout the region,and to creating meaningful opportunities for leadership for clients and staff. 2. Advocacy - We will use community organizing to collaborate with Baltimore residents living on low incomes, and together, demand that the Baltimore government create at least 10,000 units of safe and affordable housing. As we expand an Client advocacy department which will have at least 50 percent of clients,sitting on the Board of Directors. 3. Expansion - We will build a new West Baltimore Center for both services and social change activities, to address emerging challenges identified by clients, reflect the needs and desires of the neighborhood, and support advocacy and leadership development. A online Lifestyle media station will be a new addition to HFC platform, documenting local, lifestyle, and entertainment news with the goal of transforming the way journalism is presented to the community to produce community engagement. Hope for the City, a place of enrichment and possibilities.We envision the World as a nurturing community where all residents have access to the basic material resources they need for survival, growth and the prosperity of their social, emotional and spiritual lives.