On September 18, Hope CommUnity Center got some great news! We have been selected as one of 40 organizations in the country sharing a pool of $10 million in two-year grants from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The purpose of this USCIS grant is to support programs that help permanent, legal residents to prepare and apply for citizenship.
Here at Hope, we have more than 10 years of experience providing citizenship classes. With this funding over the next two years, HCC will be able to offer more classroom instruction, individual tutoring sessions, and mock naturalization interview practice.
Catholic Charities of Central Florida, our partner in the grant application, will be involved in the more procedural, application-related aspects of the path to citizenship. All of us at Hope are grateful for this grant and excited to be able to offer more opportunities for low-income and low-literacy residents to work toward citizenship.
Hope Community Center is proud to announce that Sister Maureen White, Director of Educational Services at Hope, has been elected to the leadership team of the worldwide Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, headquartered in Rome. She was elected to a six-year term during the Sisterhood’s general meeting in July and will leave us at the end of October. Her address will be in Rome, but Maureen says she will mostly be living out of a suitcase, traveling to visit and provide support to Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in service sites all over the world.
Sister Maureen has been with us in Apopka since 2007. Her expertise in all aspects of education, her loving presence, and her unflappable demeanor have been a great blessing to students, volunteers and staff, and she will be in our hearts and prayers as she begins this new adventure.
Maureen has these words for us: “Gently and carefully, I am packing the many wonderful stories I have been told, the lessons I have learned, and the abundance of love I have received from this incredible community.” Thank you, Sister Maureen. May the goodness of God accompany you always. Que te acompañe el buen Dios por siempre.