The Hope Center for Families will stand on these three pillars of hope: workforce development, health, and education. When intertwined, each pillar impacts sustainable behavioral change not often seen in an existing fragmented and sometimes dehumanizing system. The strength of each pillar is girded in the foundation of compassion, advocacy, and opportunity. Omega’s programs focus on multi-generational poverty reduction modelings. These efforts are linked with the strengths of our tenant partners: Miami Valley Urban League, Mini University, Sinclair College, Dayton Children’s Hospital and Montgomery County.
Some of the major obstacles to employment are lack of literacy, basic education, skills training, as well as addiction, and physiological conditions. Omega’s workforce development program is designed to overcome the numerous barriers people are facing that prevent them from becoming job-ready and taking advantage of existing job development programs.
According to Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Americans in poverty are more likely to suffer from a variety of chronic health problems, both psychological and physical. The Hope Center for Families will strive to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities that plague those in poverty while reducing violence in the neighborhood.
A child born into poverty has fewer chances to move into the middle class given all the disadvantages poverty heaps on a young life, both mentally and physically. Starting with early childhood development, The Hope Center will house, a five -star childcare center serving over 140 toddlers and preschool children. In addition, The Center will offer after-school mentoring programs, credit and non-credit educational programs, internships and service learning activities, and educational programs dealing with life skill improvements for youth.