Hope Fest to Benefit Project Hope

Hope Fest to Benefit Project Hope

Hope Fest will return to the Permian Basin on Aug. 17-18 at La Hacienda Event Center on Highway 191 to benefit Project Hope.
ODESSA -- Hope Fest will return to the Permian Basin on Aug. 17-18 at La Hacienda Event Center on Highway 191 to benefit Project Hope. Project hope started in January 2012 to address a need that has existed in the City of Odessa for over ten years and is listed as a high priority in the city’s consolidated plan. This program is currently addressing the needs of 11 homeless households by providing scattered site rental assistance for a 24 month period along with Continuum of Care services to help increase their education, skills, and incomes to begin the path towards their goals of becoming self sufficient. Project Hope has the goal to increase the number of families we assist to 20 households. Even with the overwhelming need of housing they have housed 14 families and are currently working on getting other families eligible for the program.

Upon entry into Project Hope, clients will be entered into the HMIS-Homeless Management Information System by a case manager staffed at Odessa Links. The case manager evaluates client needs, coordinates/maps resources, and implements long-term self sufficiency plans. Transportation is provided by bus tickets for a year; during the remainder of the program, clients learn to budget for travel or the purchase of transportation. Child care assistance is available for one month to allow clients the time to apply and access subsidized child care payments with partner agencies. Depending on the level of client needs, mainstream benefits and supportive services will be available as clients transition from living on the street or in emergency shelter to living independently. Each client will be provided with service programs that will enhance their knowledge base such as life skills, parenting classes, health literacy, job skills, financial literacy, credit counseling, and budgeting classes as identified in their self sufficiency plan. Clients will be required to abide by their plan to remain in the Project HOPE program. Odessa Links' Case Manager promotes personal excellence for clients and guides them through Odessa’s Continuum of Care path towards self sufficiency. Clients who successfully complete the program will have the resources to access affordable housing assistance programs and hopefully will be able to finally own a home.

Project HOPE is a transitional self sufficiency program, client outcomes are measured through milestones within three main program goals and success is dependent on individual service plans and client defined goals of personal excellence. Projected time frame to complete personal goals is 24 months but some clients may achieve their goals before their allotted time.

Main Goals include:

1. Ability to obtain and remain in permanent housing
2. Increase skills and income
3. Achieve greater self-determination

If you would like to help our families reach their personal goals we invite you to call us at 432-582-0099 and inquire how you can directly impact the lives of our Project HOPE participants.

Second annual Hope Fest

Aug. 17, Country Night featuring T.G. Sheppard, Johnny Rodriguez and Alyssa Bagley.

Aug. 18, Tejano Night featuring Emilio Navaira, Jimmy Gonzaless and Grupo Mazz and Nando and Solja Kingz.

2-day barbeque cook-off will be going on.

For more info call 432-582-0099.
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