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The "Hope 2 Opportunityā€¯ program provides afterschool and summer activities for approximately 75 homeless kids in D.C.
Elliott Francis
The "Hope 2 Opportunityā€¯ program provides afterschool and summer activities for approximately 75 homeless kids in D.C.

By Elliot Francis

As school aged children in the region begin summer break, many families are faced with the challenge of finding fun and useful activities for the kids. For homeless youth, it's especially difficult, but in the district there's an alternative.

Jeanine Moon is a single mother with four young children ages 2 to 7. The family lives in a homeless shelter. Moon says it's a transition.

"I'm job hunting, networking; you know all those things you do when you're looking for a job, but to no avail. Either you're under qualified, or overqualified," says Moon.

Two of her children are enrolled here in the Hope 2 Opportunity program. The initiative provides after-school and summer activities for approximately 75 homeless kids in D.C.

Moon's daughter, also named Jeanine, loves the hand games she learns here.

"I don't want to go to Mexico no, no more, cause the big fat man is at the door, door, door," chants little Jeanine.

Lea Lamb is the chief development officer for the Boys and Girls club co-sponsors of the program.

"This provides a safe haven, but also a place where they can be kids and not have to worry about the stresses of being in a homeless shelter," says Lamb.

The program is available for homeless youth ages 6 through 18, and runs through August.

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