Happy Birthday College of Hope!

College of Hope just reached the 20 year mark for providing free life-skills classes to residents in Snohomish County. Hooray!

College of Hope was founded back in 1999 as a program of Housing Hope, started by a small group of passionate individuals who wanted to help residents at Housing Hope properties develop the necessary skills for living independently. We steadily grew, opening up classes to all residents of Snohomish county and beyond in 2006. That year, we provided classes to 146 individuals, for a total of 1,034 class hours. Flash forward to now, we just closed out our biggest and most successful year yet! For our 2018-2019 fiscal year, we provided classes to over 850 individuals, for a total of 6,646 class hours. Now that's something to celebrate!

So what does taking a College of Hope class look like?

1.) To start, you get to choose what class you want to register for. We offer classes in four major areas:

- Health & Wellness

- Family Life

- Economic Well-being &

- Housing Expertise

2.) To learn more about the specific classes available in each category, check out the "Class Flyers" tab on our website. After you've decided on what class(es) you want to take, head over to Eventbrite to register. We'll send you a reminder postcard in the mail, and call or text you the night before so you don't forget!

3.) The actual class night begins with free transportation, which is available to anyone in Snohomish County who wants to attend, but isn't able to get there by other means.

4.) After you arrive, we provide a freshly-cooked meal prepared on-site by experienced cooks, to be enjoyed while you wait for class to begin.

5.) No matter the topic, you can be sure that our classes will be taught by instructors who are experts in their field. Our curriculum is designed to help individuals connect the class material to their personal life experiences, as a way for them to learn more effectively.

6.) Free childcare is also provided during class hours, so go ahead and bring the kids! Our goal is to help remove as many barriers as we can so that you can focus on the important part, learning new things.

7.) At the end of each course, we hand out completion certificates and topic-related gifts to each person who attended, as a way to recognize your effort, and to get you started using the new information that you learned in class.

We are so happy to have been given the opportunity to serve our community members in Snohomish County, by providing life-skills classes for the past 20 years, and we plan on continuing to do so as long as possible!

With the support of community members like yourself, this program will continue to grow into something bigger and better, each and every year! So keep taking our classes, keep referring people to our classes, and keep supporting our classes in whatever way that works for you. Because we couldn't have made it these 20 years without your support!

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Have questions about College of Hope? Don't hesitate to call us at 425-353-8112 or send us an email at collegeofhope@housinghope.org .

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