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Spotlight On: City Hope House
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News for 03.21.17
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We currently have 26 incredible residents at the City Hope House who, while charting their own course for their future, are also offering support, community and accountability to one another. April Robertson moved into the house in December of 2016 after completing a job training program in cooking through the Episcopal Community Center. She knew she wanted to work at a shelter as opposed to a restaurant, and after a two-month internship at the Raphael House, a displaced family shelter, the organization hired April as an on-call chef to prepare the three daily meals for their 50 residents. 

“I helped to prepare the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and loved seeing the families have the opportunity to share in meals and celebrate together,” says April. 

City Hope House residents volunteer at least twice per month at the City Hope Community Center as well. April likes to come more often, helping with weekly events like Zumba and community breakfasts. “There are other places in the neighborhood where people can get a meal, but having a game night, movie night, getting together for the Super Bowl – that’s amazing. Folks feel like they have a place to be, to have a normal life.” 

The House has been a true blessing for April. “The sense of security, in knowing that I have a home, is important. It’s not like the SRO’s where addicts are coming in and out every day. It’s a place [where] we keep each other accountable.”

April says the two-year program gives her room to breathe – to work, to save money and to plan the next steps in her journey of health and recovery