Bridges of Hope programming is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions
Bridges of Hope is a broad category of programs and services in the area of education that seek to provide support to immigrant students and their families.
Bridges of Hope focuses on children and youth, providing summer enrichment activities, opportunities for community service, and a focus on academic excellence and literacy. Its goal is to build stronger families through education and opportunity.
The most recent initiative through Bridges of Hope was a 2019-20 partnership with Spotsylvania County Schools and their after-school homework clubs for ESOL students in five local elementary schools. The schools provided tutors for the students, a local church provided snacks, and LUCHA provided funds* to purchase supplies and homework kits. Due to online learning in the spring semester, the project has been extended into 2020-21 to support the needs of virtual students.
*$5,000 in grant funding provided for 2019-21 through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia.
- Provides school supplies to students in need, with a specific focus on middle school and high school students, to encourage them to remain in school
- Prioritizes migrant families with limited access to other assistance
- Encourages parental involvement in children's education, and supports the physical needs of families by identifying families in need of crisis assistance due to illness, reduction in income, change in family structure or living situation)
- Supports students who are interested in higher education through mentoring, tutoring, scholarships for advanced learning, and orientation regarding college preparation
Bridges of Hope is currently without a director.