Donate to Hope House School Supply Drive

In the Year Students Will Return to In-Person Learning, Donations Are Down

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Donations are needed for the children of the more than 5,000 DC residents incarcerated in federal prisons throughout the US. CCN file photo.

Hope House DC (6031 Third St. NW) is in desperate need of school supplies.

They’re looking for donations to equip the children of the more than 5,000 DC residents in over 100 prisons from here to California.

At the end of 2001, DC’s Lorton Correctional Institution was closed, and nearly 8,000 convicted felons from the District were transferred to federal prisons across the United States. An antidote to despair, the program has expanded to 16 state and federal prisons.

Hope House DC was founded to serve the needs of inmates who have been taken to prisons far from the District, building connections between those parents, often fathers, and their children. Hope House DC raises awareness about the concerns of families and inmates, and creates programs supporting the families at home.

In order to help kids get through school and college, they also collect school supplies. But this year, say representatives, donations are down.

“We have received very few since our last email and are getting worried,” the non profit wrote in an email. “This year our children are heading back to school with all of the trauma that will mean. We hope to make their time back in school easier.”

Hope House families need composition books, dictionaries, highlighters, binders, calculators,spiral notebooks, binders, tabbed dividers, markers, erasers, pocket folders, pencil sharpeners, index cards, glue sticks, hand sanitizers, notebook paper and backpacks.

You can purchase extra supplies while you’re out shopping for your own students. Or you can order online from the Amazon wish list and they will be shipped directly to Hope House.

You can also call Carol Fennelly at 202-506-2253, email at [email protected], or make an online gift to this effort by going to the Hope House website

Mail supplies to to: 6031 Third Street, NW Washington, DC 20011.

You’ll be making an investment in the education of Hope House Kids.

Learn morea about Hope House DC and its programs by visiting hopehousedc.org