What we want to do in 2023

With your continued generous support, in 2023, the Children’s Hope Initiative (CHI) will be able to help Somerset County’s abused, neglected and traumatized youth in the following ways:

Continue these programs at spending levels provided in 2021 & 2022:

  • Summer Connections 2023: Provide a three-week, 5 days-a-week therapeutic respite summer camp at Richard Hall Community Health & Wellness Center for 20 children offering equine therapy, karate, music/movement therapy, art therapy, as we did in 2021 ($40,000)
  • CASA Tutoring – at-home tutoring for children in out-of-home placements ($10,000)
  • Provide paid mentors for up to thirty (30) elementary and middle school children through Middle Earth Lunchtime Mentoring ($10,000)
  • Serve up to nine (9) at-risk high school students in the Promise Plus Program offered by Middle Earth ($10,000)
  • Serve up to eight (8) 18-21-year-old young adults who have “aged out” of the child welfare system through the Middle Earth Visions Plus program ($9,000)
  • Provide “Fun Trips” for up to 100 abused and neglected children to a ropes adventure course, Dorney Park/Great Adventure, and/or Schaffer Farm ($5,000)
  • Cut waiting time in half for children to begin treatment at Family & Community Services in Bound Brook ($4,000)
  • Immigrant Children groups at Family and Community Services ($2,000)
  • Paid Mentoring for five (5) young people under the care of the Somerset County Family Crisis Intervention Unit ($10,000)
  • Mentoring seven (7) children in out-of-home placements through the CASA Fostering Futures Program ($9,500)

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