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H.O.P.E. for the Homeless

H.O.P.E. for the Homeless, or Homeless Outreach Program Emissaries is a student-led club that resides and runs within Sisler High School. Originally founded by Louriza Tronco, H.O.P.E.’s current club presidents are Jomuelyn Marasigan (Grade 12) and Levbee Caspillo (Grade 10). H.O.P.E. has been partners with Siloam Mission for over 10 years, consistently donating a $1000 cheque at the end of each school year. Siloam Mission is a humanitarian organization that exists in order to aide and provide opportunities for individuals experiencing homelessness in Winnipeg, Manitoba. H.O.P.E.’s sole purpose is to contribute to Siloam Mission by holding fundraisers and collecting hygiene items for donation. The club holds several fundraising events every school year, ranging from organizing charity basketball games to running popcorn sales. Striving to make a difference, H.O.P.E. is a club that believes in social equity and second chances for individuals who may be experiencing hard time.. It is a club that continues to grow and search for new opportunities when contributing to the community.

Personally, as a club member who eventually became a Co-President, H.O.P.E. is the club I ended up dedicating most of my time towards. This will my fourth and final year participating as a club member, and is my first year as a leader. Participating in H.O.P.E.’s activities has taught me new skills, including leadership and the true importance of charity. It has been rewarding to see new faces that wish to help the community by supporting a local organization that gives people hope of a better life. Working with an organization such as Siloam Mission and seeing what they do for Winnipeg’s local community has had a large impact on my life, as I have been acquainted with individuals who have relied on resources such as them during hard times. I know that every item we [as a group] collect and every penny we fundraise goes to a good cause; a place that offers an endless amount of resources for the individuals who utilize them. As a leader, I cannot help but be proud of what H.O.P.E. has achieved and will continue to achieve in the future as we work together as a group. The support from the community within, and outside the school is what makes us a successful partner.

If you have any questions, or would like to contact H.O.P.E. for the Homeless, feel free to email sislerhope@gmail.com.

Jomuelyn Marasigan, Co-President of H.O.P.E. for the Homeless

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