Hope Street- a community health, education, and recreation resource of California Hospital Medical Center.
Vickie Kropenske, Director, Hope Street Margolis Family Center
The role of a community hospital is much more than treating illness. We have a critical role in supporting wellness, the entire wellness of a community.
I'm Leslie- I grew up right across from Hope Street. My mom was a teen mom so it was really hard.
I grew up a couple of blocks away from USC. There were shootings and drugs.
Our services really are for the most vulnerable children and the most vulnerable families.
Sid Oxford, Youth Services Coordinator
Oswaldo really wanted a safe place to be. We had homework assistance.
Gina Avila, Youth Services Coordinator
A lot of really interpersonal relationships.
It was just this amazing family environment.
We are committing to families from birth through college.
Everybody here is willing to help and to listen to what they are really asking for.
Everything has been coming into place and it's all thanks to Hope Street.
I love it more than anything in the world.
Hope Street Family Center- transforming our community one child, one family at a time.
California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC), a non-profit urban community hospital, has served the healthcare needs of downtown, central and south Los Angeles since 1887. CHMC reaches beyond the traditional role of a hospital and acts as a catalyst for building a safer, healthier and more vibrant community where children and their families can thrive. In keeping with this vision, in 1992 CHMC collaborated with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) to establish the Hope Street Margolis Family Center, a nationally recognized prevention and early intervention model that addresses the health related environmental and psycho-social needs of low-income young families. Hope Street's mission is to educate children, strengthen families and transform the community.
Our service area is one of the poorest and most densely populated in Los Angeles County; 45% of households earn less than $25,000 a year; more than 22,800 children ages 0-5 live in poverty and 29% of adults over the age of 25 have less than a 9th grade education.
Hope Street Margolis Family Center, a Health, Education, and Recreation resource of California Hospital Medical Center, addresses the social determinants of health through a continuum of in-home and center-based services that include health screening, mental health, child welfare, adult education, early childhood education, early intervention, youth development and social services that support children and families from birth to adulthood. Our programs include a variety of co-located federal, state, county, and privately-funded initiatives such as Early Head Start; Family Literacy; Family Preservation and Wraparound; three full-day child development centers for children 0-5 years of age; a children's behavioral health clinic and an after-school/summer youth center. Hope Street serves 5,000 low-income, under-resourced children and parents annually. Services are provided at no cost to participants.
Hope Street began as a small federal demonstration project with three staff members providing early intervention services to 100 high-risk pregnant women delivering their babies at CHMC. Over the past 27 years, we have dramatically expanded services as needs were identified, forged partnerships with community agencies to effectively leverage funding opportunities; and developed new resources to respond to unmet community needs.
Hope Street is dedicated to enhancing the overall development of children, strengthening economic self-sufficiency and stabilities of families, and enhancing the community service delivery system for young children and families. Hope Street embraces a holistic approach to its programming; services are nested within a network of resources, available on-site and through extensive community partnerships.
Hope Street employs 140 staff members, 95% of whom are bilingual and bicultural and represent a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, teachers, early child development professionals and social workers. Additionally, a dedicated cadre of volunteers provides support at our child development centers as well as through academic tutoring, arts and crafts, dance and music instruction, and college/career mentoring.