December was a busy month for us in the homes with everyone focused on finals, as well as end of semester papers and projects. We returned to Bessie’s Hope to volunteer for a few hours during Development Weekend. Each scholar was paired up with an elderly at the nursing home and had the chance to ask a series of interview questions. They once again received praise from the Bessie’s Hope director. All the scholars, mentors, and staff gathered together at the Girls Hope home to celebrate Christmas. Earlier in the month the scholars drew names so each was assigned a Secret Santa. They completed the shopping and then presented their presents at the party.
The scholars are settled back into the houses after a two week holiday home visit. They enjoyed the time with their families, and returned refreshed and ready to start the second half of the school year.