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Cy-Hope Inc.

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Causes: Education

Mission: To make life better for kids in Cy-Fair. To bring hope to at-risk children so they will grow up to be well educated and productive citizens, making a lasting and positive impact on the community of Cy-Fair. Cy-Hope serves as a catalyst to bring needs and solutions together.

Target demographics: make life better for kids!

Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000 students directly, serving in 71 of our 85 schools, assisted 4 other local charities with food drives and much more!

Geographic areas served: the Cy-Fair community

Programs: The Backpack Program which feeds students that would otherwise go without food over the weekends, holidays and summer. We operate 2 Hope Centers in the Cy-Fair community. Our Hope Centers offer kids a safe place to come after school where they can participate in crafts, cooking, art, reading, homework help and tutoring. The two Hope Centers are located in two different communities, one in a trailer park and one in an apartment complex. Camp Lemonade sends underpriviliged youth to Stoney Creek Ranch for the ultimate summer campexperience. Our "POP" (Program Opportunities Program) Program Opportunities Provides partial and full scholarships to qualified at-risk students for Dual Credit/Certification/AdvancedPlacement courses. Our Music Initiatives encourage students through the magic of music by offering CFISD Title 1 schools grants to continue or expand the art which brings so much transformation to all cultures. inSchools program works in collaberation with the school district to promote school adoptions and volunteerism to encourage teachers and empower students to become self-sufficient and productive citizens. Dierkers Champs is committed to developing champions on and off the field. Under the direction of former Houston Astros All-Star pitcher, announcer and manager, Larry Dierker, our mission is to provide the best baseball instruction possible in a family friendly, positive environment. The Center for Children and Families (a Cy-Hope Counseling Clinic) specializes in play therapy, counseling for children and adolescents, marriage and family counseling, as well as group therapy. We also offer psychoeducational, AD/HD and neuropsychological evaluations.

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

In scripture it says to use your Godly talents and I want to thank everyone involved in Cy-Hope for glorify God!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cy-Hope is such an awww inspiring non-profit for Cy-Fair. God is soo Good! I helped last Christmas deliver toys and food to Andre Elementary and it was life-changing. Thank you Cy-Hope and Foundry!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so blessed to be a part of the Cy-Hope volunteer backpack program. This is a program that directly affects the children in our school district and I get to see the difference it makes every month I volunteer to deliver these backpacks to our area schools. Cy-Hope has a heart for children and continues to look for ways to benefit our local area's youth and it has made a profound difference. Not only has it made a difference locally, but it has had a ripple effect with the young volunteers who have ended up starting their own youth centers which mimic Cy-Hope's centers when they left for college.

Pam_68

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a retired teacher, I know that schools are not sufficient to meet all the needs of students these days. Cy- Hope fills the gaps for children and families so that all children of Cy-Fair ISD can have a chance for success no matter what their economic situation may be. Blessing these kids will change their lives and future generations as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The bottom line is that hungry children get food in their hands through the Backpack Buddies Program. The bonus is that Cy-Hope is run by the most lovely people! I know for sure that this caring non-profit is improving the lives of children in Cypress. I see it myself every week. I am so blessed to be a part of the team.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm very blessed to be volunteer for Cy-Hope and see on regular basis that how Cy-Hope helping so many children and families. Thoroughly is a Godly act; per scripture: love others the way God loves you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I are blessed to volunteer with the backpack program during the school year. Since we are retired teachers ourselves, we know the very real need for this kind of program. Investing in the lives of the students in our area is something good we can do for our community. In the words of Matthew West:
" If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something"

Donor

Rating: 5

Jesus spoke about children. He taught them. He healed them. He fed them. His respect and regard to children was unquestionable. As an example, some of the Elders tried to hold the children back as many were trying to get to Jesus. But Jesus said, "No, let the children come." We are all to come as little children to seek Christ, the Messiah, the Teacher, our Hope, our salvation. He is our Redememer.

CY-HOPE is doing the work of God by bringing heaven to earth. The volunteers are the hands and feet of Jesus. Children see Jesus through them. And the little children shall lead...
I am so grateful for such an organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am truly blessed to be a part of Cy Hope by volunteering in the backpack program. I've seen first hand how much bringing food to the schools and hearing how much the families appreciate getting much needed grocery items changes their lives. I LOVE working with Cy Hope and support all that they do for the Cy Fair community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am lucky enough to be a volunteer and employee of Cy-Hope. Every day I get to see first hand how Cy-Hope is making a difference in the lives of people in our community. Families are being fed through our back pack program, school coaches are learning the importance of transformational coaching through our Dierker's Champs program, high school students are receiving scholarships to take AP & Dual Credit classes through our POP program and our schools are being able to re-instate important Music programs through our Music Initiative Program. And I could go on and on. What was just a little spark in the minds of a few people back in 2011 has now flamed into a huge fire throughout our whole community. It is truly amazing and I am so lucky to be a part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cy-Hope is in the "business" of bringing Hope to the children in Cy-Fair ISD. As a volunteer with this organization I have seen hope be restored in children's eyes, but more than that, I have seen hope resonate throughout the whole district....teachers, community leaders, adults, parents, business owners and children alike. I volunteer at one of the organization's Hope Centers. Cy-Hope has a trailer in a trailer park community within the district. Every week I go and spend time with the children in this community. We read together, play games, work on homework, learn basic life skills like cooking & sewing and basically share life together. These children are absolutely precious and so "hungry" for our time and love. I know we are making a difference in their young lives and they are most assuredly making a difference in mine. Cy-Hope also provides 7 tons of food a week to eligible students in the district through their back pack program. It is an amazing sight to see all of that food in their Jersey Village warehouse and an even more amazing sight to see all that food leave the warehouse through the many volunteers who take it to each participating school. Another wonderful program of Cy-Hopes is Dierker's Champs. Larry Dierker of the Astros was instrumental in founding this program and it's relational coaching concept. Because of Cy-Hope every coach in the CFISD attended a program on relational coaching. This program reminded our coaches to look beyond the "game" and see the positive impact they can have on our young men and women. They were inspired to develop in our children good character traits and positive attributes, not just develop athletes. This is just a few of the great things Cy-Hope does for our community. If you have a passion for kids and want to see Hope spread across a community and change lives for the better, then Cy-Hope is where you need to be.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband & I help with the back pack program which supplies food to needy families every weekend during the school year. From the feedback we get this is greatly appreciated by the families.

Linda224

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My kids and I continue to volunteer at the Cy-Hope Hope Center each week and love having an opportunity to work with the students and parents in that community on crafts, homework, and other fun activities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had prayed for a long time that God would provide a way for our family to make a positive impact on our community - and CyHope is the answer to that prayer! CyHope provides so many different ways for individuals and families to serve our community. In our case, we help plan, bake for, and serve at the Judy Dierker Holiday Market, which benefits CyHope. Each week, my kids and I go to the Longhorn Hope Center run by CyHope to help "at-risk" kids with homework, read to them, do crafts with them, and sometimes even teach them to cook. Through our CyHope backpack program, I can drive by the CyHope headquarters to pick up 50 bags of food to take to a CFISD elementary school, where I then load it into CyHope backpacks for low-income kiddos to take home and use to help feed their families over each weekend. CyHope is not only making a difference in the families in our community - it's making a huge difference in mine!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Cy-Hope continues to invest in the lives of students in their community, truly bringing hope for a brighter future through the Backpack Feeding Program, The Hope Centers, The Center for Children and Families, scholarships, encouragement and so much more!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dedicated to doing the will of God by serving those in need

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cy-Hope is a great non-profit foundation and I am proud to volunteer with Foundry United Methodist Church to help out with this great organization. It helps so many children and their families which is very important in today's society. By helping children we are paving the way for our next generation! Love this organization!

Hattie Dell S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer as a Mentor to an elementary child through the Foundry Church Cy-Hope program. This is my third year and my blessings keep growing. It is important to make a difference in the lives of children, but they make the biggest difference in our lives. I spent 25 years in public education and I am glad to continue to serve the community and the children.
HD Steele

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cy-Hope has served the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD community for many years. I have served as school counselor for one of our elementary campuses for some time now and Cy-Hope has assisted our students in various ways. The backpack food assistance program has been the most influential. This program provides our students with a backpack filled with necessary food items assuring that our students have nutritious meals each weekend.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cy-Hope has been very generous to the Cy-Fair community. Each week during the school year they deliver 25 bags of food to the students at our middle school through the Back Pack Buddy Program. We are in our third year of receiving this service. Additionally, they have donated funds to help make it possible for students to take Advanced Placement Tests, after completing the course. These students have done well in the course, but cannot afford to pay the cost of the test. This is a gift that helps them currently, and in the future by allowing them to earn college credit. The staff at Cy-Hope is generous and caring - they always make us feel special by helping out our students.

Crystal35

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a member of The Foundry where the Cy Hope organization received its vision and birth through our wonderful, mission centered pastoral leadership. The congregation has been asked to give back to the needs of the Cy Fair community in which we are called to serve. As gifted church members, I believe the spirit of Jesus calls us to be his hands and feet in our community and Cy- Hope aligns itself with the great commission. It does this in a variety of ways. First, it feeds many low income families through the backpack program which partners with Cy Fair school district. Second, Cy Hope supports a trallier in a nearby Hispanic community which they provide various resources in that mobile home community. They also rent an apartment complex which serves mainly an African American and Hispanic community. They help provide snacks after school, homework tutoring, game playing and throw holiday parties to bring the community close together which gives them hope in their financial lack. Volunteers also mentor in several of the adopted Cy Fair schools in the area. Foundry encourages their VBS teens to get involved by cleaning these facilities, picking up trash and playing with the children during the summer. They also provide VBS experiences for these two adopted communities. At Andre Elementry they provide gifts and gift wrapping for the children and their families. They also help the schools with parties and fun days for the children. I personally have been involved in all the aboved mentioned activities. Cy Hope was gracious enough to let my daughters and I implement a basketball program for the youth at Longhorn Mobile Community. I cannot say enough good about the awesome work of this organization. Keeping children loved on and busy means a brighter future for all of us tomorrow. God Bless! Please don't hesitate to get involved if God is tugging at your heart strings.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I volunteered at Winfern after school program. The program is for latch-key kids who come home to an empty house (apartment). The leaders of the program have activities for the kids that teach them personal skills that they are not receiving from their family. It gives them organized activites such as:
cooking skills, art skills, outdoor activities, reading, drawing, etc.
The children seem to love the directors and just being at the facility. Among other things, the facility offers free back-to-school haircuts for these under privileged children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a school counselor who has 50 students in the Backpack Buddy Program facilitated by Cy-Hope. Each week a wonderful Cy-Hope volunteer delivers food to our school and fills the backpacks with or without my assistance. Each volunteer (Jeanne or Linda) often encourages me to let them do it so I can take care of other assignments. I'm amazed that they have such a caring heart to extend their help to me. I feel truly blessed that my school is one of many participating schools and that so many of my students receive the weekend food. I am especially grateful that I received a call from Cy-Hope asking me to add a former student to my distribution list. The student is battling cancer and I feel honored that Cy-Hope enabled me to play a supporting role in the family's life. Thanks Cy-Hope and Foundry for your kindness and the hope you give to others. Audrey S.