Friday, October 30, 2009

Sky Ranch

Sky Ranch
Originally uploaded by hippyprogram
It's almost time again! It was only a few short months ago that the HIPPY Coordinators met for 2 days of training and networking at Sky Ranch in Van TX. It's almost time for us to get all our home visitors together for our annual Kick Off. This gives us an opportunity to work as a statewide team and provide training and support for our home visitors. Pray for nice, dry weather for our 70+ participants next Thursday and Friday. I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Corpus Christi HIPPY!

We're so pleased to have another new HIPPY site starting up this fall! Corpus Christi HIPPY is being implemented by the Holy Family Catholic School. New coordinator, Teresa Koehler, went to preservice this summer and hit the ground running. According to Teresa, "The preservice training helped me to understand how the HIPPY model works and gave me the self-confidence to implement it at our school."
She's now back in Corpus starting up HIPPY as a pilot with 2 home visitors (AmeriCorps members) each serving about 15 families. Corpus Christi HIPPY is a collaboration between the Diocese of Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi Independent School District. Title I funding will be provided by CCISD to implement the program at Holy Family Catholic School. Says Teresa, "It is my hope that the parents will learn skills that will give them self-confidence and self esteem." Within the next 4 weeks a HIPPY USA trainer will come onsite to provide Teresa and her team with an orientation site visit and get them started!

(Holy Family Church, Corpus Christi TX pictured above)