Mobile Hope

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Mobile Hope is an organization of individuals invested in seeing mobile home communities, and the families that live there, respected, and empowered to achieve their goals.


Community Need

We've all driven by them... many times without a thought.  After all, who goes into a mobile home community, or trailer park, unless you live there? Well, over 24 years ago now, we made a fateful decision to do just that.  First, we drove in and out for an occasional event.  Then we started to come every week and bring kids to programs... and then we decided to move in along with our family, where we lived for 8 years alongside the individuals we served.  

What we found might surprise you... 98% of the park lives on a low income or less, with 55% in the lowest income bracket of less than 24K for a family of four.  These communities are very diverse with multiple cultures, first-generation immigrants, and languages from all over the world.  Poverty is common and the challenges are many.  The stigma associated with living in a "trailer park" brings added hurdles and plenty of opportunities for young people to grow up thinking less of themselves than they should. 

We also found a community of very hard-working and family-oriented folks who have been dealt a set of cards that make it difficult to get ahead.  We founded Mobile Hope to build relationships, hope, and a culture of achievement within mobile home communities through education, healthy activities, resource connections, and faith development.  We are a faith-based organization doing our best to respond to the very real needs in our own back yard. 

At our Hope Centers, kids receive homework help 4 days a week,  families receive helpful food and coats for the cold weather, and we are a TreeHouse partner site offering peer support groups, one-on-one mentoring, and youth activities for teens. 

“Sometimes I just need a place where I can get stuff done!” This was a statement from a student discussing why he comes to the Hope Center for help with his homework.

During COVID, distance learning was an extra challenge in a mobile home. In talking with parents, the issues that surface are things like Internet speeds being slow, devices that are shared between siblings, and multiple students of different ages using the one common area while attempting to listen to lessons, respond to teachers, and do homework. Mobile Hope exists to help families through these situations where we can. The Hope Center buildings at Maple Hill Estates and Dayton Properties offer a bit of a respite from the stresses found in the home during these challenging times. Due to the increased needs since COVID, we have added additional Internet access and speed, upgraded our computer lab, and altered our hours of operation all in an effort to assist families and students to meet the challenging requirements of catching up after a year of distance learning.

When students take advantage of these resources, we see them make great strides. They increase assignment completion, are more on track with their work, and have the encouragement of loving volunteers interested in seeing them succeed.

We offer practical assistance to children,  and adults while offering the HOPE that is offered through faith.  "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit". Romans 15:13

We have now expanded into Dayton, MN  which means we are in the two largest mobile home communities in Hennepin county.

Our goal for Give to the Max Day is $5,000 to help cover program expenses and decreased funding due to COVID. 

Thank you for supporting the work of Mobile Hope. It is during times like these that your support is so important and we appreciate you! 

Brian Dejewski, Co-Founder and Executive Director 




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Summary

Organization name

Mobile Hope

Tax id (EIN)

46-2268732

Categories

Education Faith Children & Family

BIPOC community

BIPOC serving

Significantly impacted by pandemic

Significantly impacted by pandemic

Address

7900 Maple Hill Road
Corcoran, MN 55340

Phone

763-416-0945

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