Wells Fargo awards $100,000 grant to Hope through Housing to assist at-risk children

Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. – The Hope through Housing Foundation has received a $100,000 grant from Wells Fargo to support educational and social programs for low-income and at-risk children.

The money will help operate Hope through Housing’s signature After School and Beyond program – a safe haven for children to complete their homework, learn new skills and build positive relationships with peers and adult mentors.

“We are extremely grateful for Wells Fargo’s continued support of After School and Beyond and of Hope through Housing generally,” said Steve PonTell, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Community Renaissance, which founded Hope through Housing in 1998. “Learning doesn’t stop at the end of the school day, and programs such as this create tremendous opportunities for children to get the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the classroom and, ultimately, in life.”

After School and Beyond features a structured combination of enrichment activities, academic help, character building and social support. More than 1,300 children and youth participate in the program at 32 Hope through Housing sites.

Research conducted by Vital Research Inc. shows that students who participate in the program:

  • Are better prepared for school.
  • Demonstrate a decreased tolerance for bullying.
  • Increase their enjoyment of reading.
  • Demonstrate increased self-efficacy.
  • Better appreciate the value of college and career readiness.

“Wells Fargo is pleased to support the After School and Beyond initiative and its goal of helping youth become academically competitive and prepared for life,” said Jack Orlee, Vice President of Community Development for Wells Fargo’s West Region. “There is no greater investment we can make than in our young people, and this program truly embodies that.”

About National CORE, Hope through Housing
National Community Renaissance, based in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit developers of affordable housing. CORE manages nearly 9,000 affordable, senior and market-rate units in California, Arkansas, Texas and Florida. Hope through Housing was founded by National CORE in 1998 to provide life-changing social services to residents and communities. For more information on CORE and Hope through Housing, please visit www.nationalcore.org.

Contact:
Steve Lambert, The 20/20 Network
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How Lives Are Transformed by Hope through Housing’s After School and Beyond Program

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. – The Hope through Housing Foundation’s After School and Beyond program serves 1,300 low-income and at-risk children at 32 sites. Those are the numbers. The real stories are of young people with opportunities they might never have had otherwise. By participating in After School and Beyond, these children are better prepared for school and for life. The following names have been changed to protect their identities, but their stories are real.
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