Since our founding in 2007, CoHO has supported and empowered hundreds of under-resourced individuals throughout the State of Arkansas. Our philanthropic initiatives—such as CoHO Academy and CoHO Small Market—spread hope in communities we serve in the following ways:
education & Technology
CoHO provides free access to books, tutoring, and technology for individuals and children in need. Over the past 5 years:
- 272 K-12 students attended our CoHO Academy program for at least one year
- Approximately 1,600 hours of group tutoring were offered across three Conway communities
- An estimated 300 individuals used our CoHO Technology Center for purposes related to education, veterans & social benefits, and job-seeking
housing & shelter
We work to support various community needs through our housing prevention, transitional housing, and supportive housing initiatives. In the last 2 years:
- 21 men entered our Hope Home transitional housing program
- 10 Hope Home residents graduated from our 12-month program, and successfully transitioned back into the community
- Our Homeless Prevention case management program provided $8,162.60 in rental assistance to 9 families
FOOD & NUTRITION
Since 2014, CoHO Community Gardens at Oakwood and South Ash have grown and harvested dozens of pounds of produce. The rise of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 led to CoHO's creation of two new nutritional support programs: food box distribution (May 2020) and Small Market free store (October 2020).
- Over 11,200 Market Bucks (valued at roughly $11,000) in food, hygiene products, and other items were distributed from the Small Market
- Small Market clients include over 101 low-income or homeless families in the Oakwood and South Ash communities
- 464 hours were volunteered by community members. For each hour served, volunteers earned 10 Market Bucks
Through our Replicate: Nonprofit Development initiative, CoHO spreads hope through various startup nonprofits throughout Arkansas. Replicate helps individuals and groups turn their visions into action by assisting with nonprofit incorporation and filings, leadership development, and Board of Directors development.
- 9 nonprofits have been created with the support of Replicate. Among other things, these organizations offer services for homeless individuals, higher education scholarships for youth, and financial literacy training
- 4 cities—Conway, Corning, Eudora, and Mitchellville, AR—have been directly impacted by a CoHO-supported nonprofit through our partnership with the University of Central Arkansas
To learn more about how The City of Hope Outreach impacts low-income and homeless communities, or to identify ways you can contribute to our work, contact CoHOCommunications@gmail.com.