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)

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