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program. She learned about the Hope Center from her children’s school and a friend informed her all her children could be included in the program. Once in the door, the Miguel children showed signs of other needs,


mainly in their behavior and discipline. She agreed with the assessment. Staff and volunteers helped the children behave better both at the Hope Center and at home, a strategy that’s resulted in success. “The children have modifi ed their behavior regarding discipline,” Reyes says. “They have learned to be a bit more responsible and manage their time a little better. They have turned away from bad be- haviors, and they follow their mom’s directions more easily. They have become more obedient kids.” With support from the Hope Center, Miguel has changed the way


she communicates with her children, and in the process, her children have learned to support their mother as well. Fighting has ceased and there is a peace in the family that was absent before. “I am very proud of the entire family, all of them, and of how they communicate and behave,” Reyes says. “It makes me very happy when I see Mrs. Rosita.”


‘Holistic’ strategy includes spiritual element “We try to be as holistic as we can,” Rodriguez explains about the Hope Center’s strategy. “I’m talking about education, nutrition, health, development of skills, workshops: basically, all of those programs accompanied by spiritual development.” María Hernández Aquino, a mother who lives in the community,


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