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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Cy-Hope in many areas and each and every one is so vital to the Cy-Fair Area. I am amazed at how they continue to expand their services to reach as many people as possible within their boundaries. They are changing lives and making a positive impact on the community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've helped coach one of the t-ball teams through Cy Hope and the experience still impacts me today. It was amazing to see the pride the kids took in wearing their uniforms and the confidence they gained throughout the season.
I think it is great that Cy Hope and CFISD can work together in the interests of the kids as school districts can't do it alone. Keep up the great work

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cy-Hope gives hope. As a volunteer with the backpack program, I have seen the difference that the weekend food makes in people's lives. Each week our volunteers deliver food to schools where children pick up the food on Friday's so that they will have food to eat over the weekend. One week a volunteer stepped at the local Starbucks. As he sat at the drive-in window, the Starbucks employee asked him, "Are you with Cy-Hope? I see that you have food in your car." "Yes, I am." To which the woman replied, "Thank you so much. I don't think we could make it if we didn't have that food over the weekend."
Cy-Hope delivers hope. Whether that hope comes in providing scholarships for high school students wanting to take dual-credit or AP classes or tutoring and enrichment activities for kids at the Hope Centers, Cy-Hope is about reaching out and making a difference in young people's lives. And it all starts with hope.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cy-Hope was created as a way to help children in our Cypress Fairbanks school district. Though Cy-Hope has many different programs. I work with the backpack program. We send food home with children weekly to help feed their family over a weekend. There are over 60 schools participating. Each week the Houston Food Bank delivers food to us. Wednesday is when the bulk of the food goes out. We have volunteer drivers that take the food to the schools each week. I am part of the crew that loads the cars so the food can be on its way. We have a list of schools and the amount they are allotted. I usually check off the drivers when they come through. We have one elderly couple that delivers only 3 bags to one school but they never miss and are so happy to be able to help. Another school gets 120 bags a week. I have never seen a more dedicated group of volunteers & school support, from the loaders to the drivers to the schools. Everyone cares so deeply. Getting to know the volunteers and seeing all the different backgrounds that they come from has changed my life and I know we are changing lives of children in our area that might go hungry over a weekend.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My campus was one of the first schools to provide food backpacks to students. The look of gratitiude on the first delivery was just priceless. Handing out the backpacks each week became one of my favorite times.

Cy-Hope is truly an organization that is making a difference in the lives of students through out the Cypress-Fairbanks school district.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cy Hope provides food to children in the community so they do not go hungry over the weekend. What a great program.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization doing fantastic things for children and families in the Cy-Fair community. I have seen first hand the amount of backpacks filled with food going out to needy families each week and it is truly inspiring.

They literally send thousands of backpacks out each week so underprivileged kids have food over the weekend.

Please support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cy Hope is focused on making a difference in the lives of at risk children and families in our area. This organization has made an impact in our area and continues to make a difference each year! Lots more smiles around our area!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When CyHope was started, a great number of children in the CyFair School district were at risk, both from lack of proper nutrition and from lack of stable family lives. CyHope has been instrumental in the effort to remediate both problems.

A backpack program was begun that now serves children in most of the CyFair schools in which those children in need of food for evenings/weekends/holidays receive a backpack of food each week to take home. The program continues to grow each semester. Hundreds of children in our community are no longer facing daily hunger.

Two Hope Centers have been established, one in a low-income trailer park and one in a low-income apartment complex. These are facilities where children can come after school and on weekends for help with homework, music lessons, Scout meetings, ESL classes and a safe, supervised environment for positive fellowship and growth.

A counseling center has been started to help children and families in pain to work toward a stable, healthy life.

CyHope is truly a very bright star of hope in our community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cy-Hope helps our the students in Cy-Fair in many different ways. We are so very thankful to have them!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cy-Hope is a nonprofit organization that truly lives up to its motto " Making life better for kids in Cy-Fair"! As a Counselor in a school in CFISD I have personally witnessed how the blessing of time, energy and resources impacts the lives of students every week with the backpack program. I was blown away to think that volunteers actually care enough about our "at-risk students" whose families may be struggling financially to bless them with a backpack full of healthy food for their families every week. The wonderful people of Cy-Hope should be applauded for their efforts to help our students succeed. They serve as a bridge in our community by bringing together churches, schools, businesses, and community volunteers in the Cy-Fair community. Keep up the great work Cy-Hope!!

Christina60

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cy-hope helps many of the students in our school district. They helped me when we needed it the most. Thank you for everything you do.

Nikki15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If every school district had a "HOPE" like Cy-Hope, oh what a different nation this would be. Cy-Hope assists children/families and school employees on every level. Whether counseling them, feeding them, tutoring them...this non-profit supports every angle of our community. I look forward to working along side them for years to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope, growth and learning are the products of Cy Hope! The underpinnings of our country are being strenghtened by Cy Hope because children and adults are growing in character and education. Cy Hope is a very active and comprehensive organization that reaches children, families and adults that have needs due to their impoverished condition. Hunger is addressed by providing backpacks full of food each week to families in the Cy Fair community here in Houston. Moreover, volunteers provide tutoring for children, ESL and citizenship classes to adults, home finance budgeting classes and health and recreation for you youth including field trips to museums and other venues. The genius of this organization is in the partnerships it has developed with churches, food pantries, These partnerships include providing little league, basketball and cheer leading activities by partnering with other organizations like Dierkers Champs, the Cy Fair Sports Assosciation and Upward.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cy-Hope is making a difference in lives of so many children and their families in the community of Cy-Fair ISD. Not only is this vital organization making an impact on children and families, but also on teachers, schools and the surrounding community. Cy-Hope volunteers are committed to serving by filling backpacks with food for children for the weekend when they normally would go without. There are also opportunities to adopt a school and/or teacher, mentor children and youth throughout the week, volunteer at one of our Hope Centers offering after-school tutoring, and offering a positive sports experience through Dierker's Champs. Cy-Hope is changing the lives of children, families and the community for the greater good. I recommend getting involved in this organization and paying it forward to the students in Cy-Fair ISD.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cy-Hope is making a huge difference in our community by making life better for kids who are at risk. Creating Hope Centers for after school care, feeding 2,000 hungry kids on weekends, creating champions on and off the field by training coaches, and offering counseling services and testing for kids and their families.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Cy-Hope is a blessing to the students in Cy-Fair ISD. When you support and improve the life of a student, you impact the entire family, the teachers, the school and the greater community. The volunteers for Cy-Hope are committed and not only give money but more importantly, give the valuable resource of time. Whether the volunteers are filling backpacks for food for hungry children on the weekend, adopting a school, supporting teachers, or helping young athletes experience a positive sports experience, they are changing lives for the good.

Sheri10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've seen the look on the kids' faces from the Cy-Hope center when I went to volunteer to give free back to school cuts! WOW!!! Giving back to the community and seeing what a difference really feels good! The kids are so appreciative and it shows!!! Thank you Cy-Hope for all the difference you are making in these kids' lives!

Ray_9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When you give of your time and resources to Cy-Hope you know you are making a difference in the lives of children. This organization has very quickly become a recognized advocate for kids and families in need. This is evidenced by the wide variety of people who are partners with Cy-Hope in making life better for kids. Whether you represent a Fortune 500 corporation, a local business, church group, civic organization or are an individual hoping to make a difference, Cy-Hope gives you the satisfaction of knowing you are part of real and lasting change in the lives of young people.

Kristin O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cy-Hope is an organization that strives to better the lives of children in the Cy-Fair community. My experience with Cy-Hope has always been positive and inspiring. This organization is filled with people that love to serve others and truly care about the needs of their community.

Amy_108

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cy-Hope goes above and beyond for children in our community. If you volunteer or donate to any organization make it THIS ONE! They help kids in so many ways it is difficult to list them (from backpack program to feed hungry families, to the counseling center, to Dierker's Champs, and so much more) so visit their website www.cy-hope.org and check out all they do!!!