It takes a Village

It takes a Village
Posted on 05/13/2022
It Takes a Village
It takes a Village to create change. To impact a child, a family. To make a difference. Our work to serve our community and create change continues to grow because we have partners and people on this journey with us that rally their resources, time, and expertise for our families.
At the I PROMISE Village by Graduate Hotels, change is in the making daily. With nearly every unit occupied, it is emotional in the best way to have a revolving door of families moving in and families moving out, which means The Village is working. And the wraparound supports offered to them to enhance every aspect of their lives are making a difference. Since the start of this year, four of our Village parents have gained full time employment, with several more able to successfully maintain their full or part time jobs after moving into the Village.
With nearly every unit occupied, it is emotional in the best way to have a revolving door of families moving in and families moving out, which means The Village is working.
We’re seeing parents engage in their family’s financial planning and pursuing home ownership, students making the honor or merit roll, a parent pursuing their GED and another beginning a career path in nursing.
Our Village teens are working one-on-one with Tiney for support inside and outside of class, while all of our Village students have access to Big Chris’s on-site tutoring and homework help.
We also have 50 Village children to place in summer camps that we are exploring with APS, the city of Akron, and Akron Rotary Camp.
All of this takes a Village. It takes routine visits with Gloria James, daily on-site support from Mama S, and countless partners providing everything from basic necessities to life-changing opportunities. 
We are so thankful for everyone that is part of our Village. This work is not done alone, it takes us all.
We Are Family.
WE ARE FAMILY
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