Pioneers for H.O.P.E (Helping Our Pioneers Excel) California State University, East Bay's new intervention program will address the Chancellor's food and housing security initiatives to include wide-ranging efforts to immediately serve some of our most-at risk students facing homelessness, food insecurity, and other various crisis situations.
The program aims to provide at-risk students with meals, temporary housing assistance, emergency funds and referrals to resources that correlate to student's success, health and wellness. The H.O.P.E. Advisory Board, with representatives from various departments on campus, has met to implement support for student starting Fall 2016 to include:
1. An annual giving campaign for monetary donations.
2. The opening of two campus food pantries in collaboration with the Alameda County Community Food Bank and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano for the Concord campus.
3. Donation drives for students to include career clothing, toiletries, seasonal drives for coats and socks, etc.
4. Establish an emergency intervention fund to support students in need of emergency assistance.
5. Identify sources of temporary housing for students in need.
The goal of Pioneers for HOPE is to give at-risk students hope by addressing their most basic needs first and eliminating barriers to allow student to focus on academic success and increase student retention.
"After a few months of being in this role, one of my students shared a very powerful reflection on what this program has done. It was a regular follow up meeting with a student that was facing food insecurities, homeless and dealing with other mental health hardships. I checked in and asked how things were going because the student looked very excited and energized which was a different presentation then previously. The student shared the help has given them hope to live through another day and hope to achieve the dream of graduating with a college degree."
- Alex Baker
Case Management Coordinator