Dream & Hope
Community Support Program

The Dream & Hope program was created to support the students and families of Give Chances. The goal of this program is to financially guide and assist our community as much as possible through various donations and scholarships.

  • Food & Grocery Items

  • COVID-19 Necessities

  • School Supplies

  • Academic Scholarships

Dream & Hope In Action

  • Rent Subsidization

    Since many of the families of our Give Chances students were unable to work during the pandemic, we organized a fundraiser to subsidize one month’s rent. We were able to distribute $500 to each family, reducing their financial burdens.

  • Food Assistance

    Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Give Chances has been providing food donations to our students and their families on a weekly basis.

  • Scholarship Fund

    In an effort to reduce the financial barriers that exist for students from low income families and help our students and volunteers succeed, we offer academic scholarships. These scholarships are intended to cover not only the costs associated with tuition, but also a wide range of student needs.

Dream & Hope Healing Program

Support and Counseling for Low-Income Participants and Families Undergoing Distress
  • Counseling for Participants

    Our compassionate counselors and staff provide individualized counseling services to students in The Dream & Hope Program. We understand that navigating financial challenges can be emotionally taxing, and we aim to offer a space where participants can freely express their concerns, anxieties, and dreams. Through personalized counseling sessions, we work with participants to develop effective coping mechanisms, enhance their resilience, and nurture their emotional well-being. Our goal is to empower participants to overcome obstacles and thrive academically, personally, and financially.

  • Counseling for Families

    We recognize that families play a vital role in the success and well-being of children. Our Healing Program provides dedicated counseling and support services specifically tailored to parents in The Dream & Hope program. We understand that financial concerns can create stress and uncertainty for parents, and we offer a safe and confidential space for them to share their worries, explore coping strategies, and seek guidance. Our counselors are here to offer emotional support, empower parents with effective communication and decision-making skills, and assist them in navigating financial challenges.

  • Financial Education and Resource Referrals

    In addition to counseling, we provide financial education resources to participants and parents. We also offer practical guidance on budgeting, saving, and making informed financial decisions. We also connect participants and parents with relevant resources and referrals, such as financial aid opportunities, scholarship programs, and community support organizations. By equipping our community with financial knowledge and resources, we aim to foster long-term financial well-being.

  • Addressing Stigma

    The Healing Program of the Dream & Hope program understands the pervasive impact of stigma on individuals and families facing various challenges. We are committed to creating a safe and inclusive space where participants and their families can find solace and support, free from judgment and stigma. Our program aims to challenge and dismantle stigmatizing beliefs by promoting empathy, understanding, and acceptance. Through counseling, education, and community engagement, we foster a culture of compassion and respect, empowering individuals to embrace their unique experiences and thrive despite societal biases.


To apply for assistance via our Dream & Hope program, candidates must meet the following qualifications:
• Must be a current student or volunteer at our Joyful Learning afterschool program
• Must have a demonstrated need for financial assistance and support
• Must submit all required forms and documentation

The Dream & Hope program is continually looking for new ways to positively impact and be of service to the members of our community. If you would like to reach out to us and speak to a member of the Give Chances’ team regarding your situation and how we can support you, please contact us at info@givechances.org or call 201-266-0640.

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  • Students

    Learn about our application process

  • Volunteers

    Apply for an academic scholarship today