714.778.4440 info@hope4arts.org

6.3.20

Dear HOPE Community:

Recently, we all witnessed communities across the nation, raising their voices in response to acts of injustice against Black Americans including George Floyd and countless others. The past few months were already hard. The pandemic highlighted that all inequalities are exacerbated during a crisis. This is also true for HOPE staff, students, families, and our shared communities.

On behalf of HOPE, we join the call to action. As an institution that serves a historically marginalized population, we take great responsibility in being part of the solution to effect change… change through thoughtful listening and constructive dialogue.

Please know that we are committed to such change through meaningful community partnerships and working together for a more united and just society where all people are respected, protected and valued.

Sincerely,

Marguerite Adams
Board Chair, Board of Directors

June McLaughlin
CFO, Board of Directors

5.4.20
TOMORROW MAY 5TH IS GIVING TUESDAY – PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD FOR HOPE!

In mid April HOPE Center for the Arts launched a COVID-19 Fundraising Campaign amidst pandemic challenges so as to provide continued connection, support, artistic growth and development for HOPE artists.  To date HOPE has received over $2,300 toward our $5000 Campaign goal and approximately 40% of our artists are now engaged in HOPE’s new Remote Services Program.

HOPE has been provided with a free opportunity to potentially increase campaign donations via “Giving Tuesday” which is tomorrow May 5th.  A special donate button will be visible from HOPE’s home page hope4arts.org and we hope you will spread the word among your network!  HOPE needs to increase its donor base and we need YOUR help in doing just that.  Also we’ve added additional ways to give on our website that you can share at any time: ” https://hope4arts.org/giving/

Thank you for your patience, creativity and support of HOPE artists as the organization pivots toward a “New Normal”. It is HOPE’s intention to provide the means for EVERY artist to maintain their connection and access to services that are critical for their continued growth and development.

4.15.20
Emergency Funds for HOPE Artists Needed NOW Due to COVID-19

HOPE Artists need YOUR Support NOW to ensure their quality of life is good despite their inability to go to the Program that they love.

The closure of HOPE’s site program due to COVID-19 has impacted the ability for HOPE Artists to connect with their friends & community; which is of significant importance for the intellectually disAbled. Although HOPE is transitioning from a site based program to one that offers online learning and engagement opportunities, we’ve found when surveying HOPE Artists that many do not have access to their own music/computer equipment, an online network, technical support and/or art supplies, keeping in mind that many are below the poverty level. Just last week the organization spent $300 in shipping to ensure Artists have their art packets in time for this week’s online classes…this is just one example of necessary yet unanticipated costs.

Please help HOPE Artists TODAY by providing a special gift of $20 to fund an art packet, or up to $150 or more to purchase a tablet, to ensure program continuity, etc. Your donation will help HOPE Artists ascertain the tools they need to feel empowered and support their continued development.

For example, last month Christie was able to go to HOPE Monday-Friday and do the fiber arts that she excels at. However, due to HOPE’s facility closure she, as well as her peers, have lost that connection to what provides them a sense of routine, comfort, accomplishment and value.

Your gift will help provide Artists with wifi, tablets, hotspots, art materials, plus other unanticipated needs so they can again connect with each other, be engaged and continue to develop their artistic talents and abilities with guidance from HOPE staff who they have come to depend on.

HOPE’s budget relies on government funding which is in flux; plus the generous donations by folks such as you. The steps HOPE is taking to provide remote services are important for Artists such as Christie; and will remain important when the urgency due to COVID-19 has subsided.

3.30.20
HOPE CENTER FOR THE ARTS CLOSURE – EXTENDED

Dear Artists/Students, Families, Caregivers, and HOPE community,

Hope Center for the Arts (HOPE) Board of Directors and myself continue to evaluate the current state of emergency in relation to COVID-19. Our discussions always center on steps to be taken to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff; and by extension, our families and caregivers.

Due to the continuing statewide ‘shelter in place’ order put forth by Governor Gavin Newsom on March 19th, and the guidance of Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC) to not resume day program services until this order has lifted, HOPE will remain closed until it is safe to return.

We will continue to monitor updates from State of California Health Agencies and RCOC and will notify each of you immediately when re-opening is safe for students and staff. Until then, we’re evaluating how we may be able to leverage technology to support the HOPE community while the order is in place. Also we’re checking phone messages weekly and I am checking my email daily for additional questions you may have. Feel free to reach out to me anytime at michele@hope4arts.org or on my cell 562-896-0166 and I will respond ASAP. You can also check our website – hope4arts.org.

Please know that Hope Center for the Arts is actively dedicating each day to stay connected to each of you and are working rapidly on progressive new services to reach each of our Artists during this time. Our main goal is to ensure that our vulnerable population continue to receive innovative arts services and participate in their HOPE community, something their families/caregivers have come to rely on every day!

As a reminder, while HOPE has notified both RCOC and Access (877) 628-2232 of this extended closure, you must also cancel rides for your Artist/Student. Please be sure to call Access and personally cancel your rides for this extended period.

Warm Regards,

Michele Vavonese
Executive Director
Hope Center for the Arts

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3.16.20
URGENT – HOPE CENTER FOR THE ARTS CLOSURE

Dear Artists/Students, Families, Caregivers, and HOPE community,

Hope Center for the Arts (HOPE) Board of Directors met with me this past weekend to evaluate the current state of emergency in relation to COVID-19. Our discussion centered on steps to be taken to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff and by extension, our families and caregivers.

As a result, it was decided that HOPE will close beginning Tuesday, March 17th through Tuesday, March 31st.

TO DO: You must call Access and personally cancel your rides during this temporary closure. While HOPE has notified both RCOC and Access (877) 628-2232 of the dates of this temporary closure, you must also cancel for your Artist/Student.

During the week of March 22nd, we will assess whether we will reopen after March 31st or remain closed due to the public health emergency.

We will be checking phone messages weekly and I will be checking my email daily for any additional questions you may have. Feel free to reach out to me anytime at michele@hope4arts.org and I will respond ASAP. You can also check our website – hope4arts.org – for news in the upcoming days.

This has been a difficult decision and we are saddened to have to suspend the wonderful work of our Artists. We will be exploring new ways to keep our Artists involved using technology. Our main focus right now is to create social distancing – in line with our local schools, businesses and arts organizations as one of the most effective measures we can take in helping to slow the spread of the virus.

Be Well,

Michele Vavonese
Executive Director
Hope Center for the Arts

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