United Way’s ParentH.O.O.D. (Helping Our Own Develop) program, formed to address findings discovered through the organization’s Strong Neighborhood Initiative. Parents in the Ellis Heights neighborhood acknowledged feeling frustrated while trying to pursue further education, find employment, and respond to health issues.
The ParentH.O.O.D. program has been rolled into a previously existing “family night” events at Ellis Elementary school.
Matthew Simpson of the United Way says, “People need to be better connected to resources that will allow them to support their family, and be successful in a household.”
Parents from the Ellis Heights Housing Project got a chance to ask officials questions about education, health and wellness, and finding employment, with the hope of improve their understanding of community resources, learn communication and advocacy skills, and get better support from their neighbors.
Many residents of the neighborhood feel left in the dark about those subjects. Sabrina Ellis, a parent, says, “Sometimes people just don’t know or don’t get the information (about events), so having it here during family night helps a lot.”
Simpson says, “A lot of times our families, and our parents, kind of find themselves disconnected and isolated. Particularly in our more challenged neighborhoods. So what we want to do is fill those gaps, and assure (them) there’s real, true support for the parent in the household.”
Organizers of the event say a successful parent can be a good role model for their children.
Ellis Elementary Principal, Dr. Martina Smith, says, “I came from a successful household, and it encouraged me to continue to what I can do with my future. So if we can provide that for our kids, then we are helping the next generation.”
The next meeting in the program takes place December 10th at Ellis Elementary. You can find more information at this link.