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By Hope House Milwaukee on 5/13/2014 9:00 AM

...which means our youth are getting excited for summer programs here at Hope House!


Garden Club members are currently planning for their Spring Planting Party coming up on May 22 from 7-9pm. At the Planting Party, they will be joined by residents from the Single Floor and volunteers from the Sole Sisters Club. The youth are hoping to have enough donations of plant starts to start the gardens off right! Plants they would like to have include: herbs like rosemary, thyme,  basil, mint, and cilantro; vegetables like peppers, tomatoes, and chilis and flowers like roses, lilies, zinnias and impatiens. If you wish to donate plant starts, please donate during the week prior to May 22nd. If donations of live plants are hard to fit into your schedule,  gift certificates to local nurseries, or garden stores will also be helpful in getting Garden Club members into the gardens this year.
By Hope House Milwaukee on 4/19/2013 9:52 AM
During the summer months, when few structured opportunities are available for youth, Hope House offers an exciting, educational, and safe Summer Program five days a week. Three days out of the week, youth explore Southeastern Wisconsin through field trips to sites such as Menomonee Park, Blue Lotus Farm, and Pump It Up. The Shining Stars have the opportunity to expand their horizons and learn about communities and cultures outside their own.  They also have tons of fun making new friends, playing games, and getting some exercise!

Fun at the park!

Two days every week, the Shining Stars participate in educational workshops at Hope House. This includes community service activities, friendly sports at the park, and several hours in specialized clubs. This year, the teens will be planning and hosting a barbeque for the younger Shining Stars, as well as their family and friends. In...
By Hope House Milwaukee on 11/29/2012 9:24 AM

Thanks to Dollar General Youth Literacy Foundation and Best Buy Children's Foundation, we've brought exciting new technology to the Shining Stars Program--brand new computers and Kindle e-readers! A new wave of avid readers has formed, and we're hearing beautiful quotes like, "Can I read the whole book today?" Read more about how we're building literacy skills with technology in our blog!

By Hope House Milwaukee on 6/20/2012 9:27 AM
Our Shining Stars, volunteers, and program staff have been preparing their garden for the summer. Youth will have the opportunity to work and play in the garden every week during the summer program--and will enjoy their work at harvest time! Youth have already been able to eat fresh strawberries and cilantro that they have carefully grown. Our Lead Youth Worker, Miss Beth, tells me that they have plans to make salsa once the tomatoes and peppers are ready! 

To celebrate the garden and make any final preparations, the Shining Stars held their annual Planting Party for friends, family and volunteers. We had a fantastic time and learned a LOT from an amazing volunteer from the DNR--Tom. We tilled the dirt left dry from lack of rain, we planted so many different seeds, we learned what bugs live in our garden, and Tom helped us save some very weak tomato plants. 

First, we had to clear out any last...

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