Editor’s note: This story is about resilience. All of us at some point in our lives have faced adversity–this special family from the heart of California was determined not to let it hold them back. Eva firmly taped the box closed and stacked it on top of several others against her living room wall. She […]
Gabriel* came home from the LifeSTEPS After School Program (ASP) talking a mile a minute! He dropped his backpack by the door, exclaimed all his homework was done in his loudest “inside” voice, and hurried to the kitchen to share the highlights of his day with his mom and grandma. His words were mostly in […]
For older adults, learning computer skills can be like learning a foreign language. It’s not their native tongue and at first all those tech phrases, like mousepad, cut/paste, and “right click,” seem like nonsensical babble. That’s what Don thought the first time he came to a LifeSTEPS computer class. Don, unlike many older adults living […]
In October 2016, Mobile Beacon, a unique internet provider focused on nonprofits and educational organizations, awarded LifeSTEPS with a grant for a pilot digital inclusion program, which included 25 laptops and one year of internet access. The results so far have been outstanding, and we have been able to use these laptops in over 80 properties to date. […]
On average, students in the United States lose up to two months of reading skill level each summer, requiring teachers to spend 4-6 weeks of class time at the beginning of each school year to help children catch up. Teachers refer to this as “the summer learning slide,” and unfortunately, the learning loss is cumulative […]
Danielle Martin was a new Partnership for HOPE scholar in 2016. Her path toward becoming a PFH scholar took many detours before Danielle was able to find stability in her life and in her education. Growing up in foster care and moving house to house, school to school was not conducive to educational success and […]
When it comes to awarding JB Brown college scholarships, one USA Properties Fund community shines like a beacon on a hill, brighter than any other. In the heart of San Jose, the Mayfair Apartments are home to an extremely diverse population; many are recent immigrants and are still struggling to learn English. However, this doesn’t stop Jasmine […]
Every once in a while, something happens in life that can be considered truly miraculous. HACSC resident Mr. Duong had a stroke in October 2016, which left him unable to eat solid food, walk, stand up by himself, or take care of any of his own needs. After a long hospital stay he grew weak and […]
2017 is well under way, and many of you – just like our residents – have made new goals for the new year. Last year, we taught 3,500 classes for our families and older adults on health and wellness (and we counted more than 36,000 people in attendance over the course of the year). We’ll keep that […]
As we rapidly approach the last days of 2016, we wanted to take a moment to acknowledge all of the incredible work we’ve accomplished in 2016! None of this would be possible without the support of our donors, partners, volunteers, staff, and of course, our residents. Thank you for allowing us to serve, and here’s […]
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