When I began my college internship at HFO a little over a month ago, I was excited to have a part in a program that benefits children and the community. I had no idea of the impact it would have on me. Before I even began my work volunteering, I had such positive interactions with the staff and felt welcomed right away. On my first day I observed openness and felt a feeling of family between the students and workers that was strong. It was impressive to see the amount of planning, creativity, and organizational skills that are exerted by the staff daily to keep this program operating smoothly and fully. They have a gift for exerting a youthful energy and focus while maintaining professional roles.
What is so unique about Hope For Opelousas is the foundation. Operating under the principles of faith, students are encouraged to grow in an environment that allows opportunities to improve and excel spiritually, academically, emotionally, and socially. Young men and women are being equipped to bring positive change into their lives and generation. This impact will affect future generations of families, schools, churches, communities and cities. The city of Opelousas does have hope for the future and Hope For Opelousas is advancing that hope and making a change.
Stay tuned for more in this series as we hear insight from students and staff at HFO.