What we want to do in 2021
With your continued generous support, in 2021, the Children’s Hope Initiative (CHI) will be able to help Somerset County’s abused and neglected children in the following ways:
I. Continue these programs that have continued in 2020 with Covid restrictions:
- Cut waiting time in half for children to begin treatment at Family & Community Services in Bound Brook
- Serve ten (10) 18-21-year-old young adults who have “aged out” of the child welfare system through the Middle Earth Visions Plus program
- Provide paid mentors for elementary and middle school children through Middle Earth Lunchtime Mentoring
- Serve up to 10 high school students in the Promise Plus Program offered by Middle Earth
- Educate the community in Trauma Informed Care (TIC). Our effort is known as Resilient Youth of Somerset and our goal is to empower our community to help children overcome the damage done through abuse, neglect, and other childhood traumas.
II. When Covid restrictions are lifted and it is safe to resume these programs:
- Provide “Fun Trips” for more than 50 abused and neglected children to the ropes adventure course, Dorney Park, Sculpture Gardens, Schaffer Farm
- Provide a five-week, 5 day-a-week therapeutic respite summer camp at Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center for 20 children offering equine therapy, karate, music/movement therapy, art therapy, etc.
III. Meet the Unmet Needs Identified in our 2020 Needs Assessment (CHI Needs Assessment Summary October 2020)