We started the mission of HDMI by participating in both the North Chicago and Gurnee Community Days in August 2017. We wanted to get the message out to the community that HDMI provides scholarships for low income and first generation college bound students. We realized and we were also able to connect with some of the young people in the local communities as well. We handed out 900 book bags, 600 glow sticks, 300 pairs of socks, 150 spinners and 20 lbs of candy. During both events we were able to partner with community organizations to aid the core mission of supporting underprivileged youth.
Kindred Life Ministries, Inc. is a Christian organization dedicated to providing a circle of support for teen mothers, teen fathers, their children and the respective grandparents, to thrive. By utilizing the church, community and the family of origin, teen parents and their families can live life to its fullest, rooted in Christ. HDMI provides scholarships to qualifying Kindred Life students to support their career growth and academic aspirations.
HDMI is the proud sponsor of the Bull-Dog Pups t-shirts for the youth basketball program for the FieldHouse Sports Program in Waukegan, IL. In 2018, we were able to purchase over 60 t-shirts for for various teams for ages. The Waukegan Park District is committed to providing parks, facilities and leisure opportunities to a culturally diverse population through leadership with community involvement, dedicated staff and sound management.
HDMI is partnering with YouthBuild to help youth between the ages of 18-24 transition into independent life and self-sufficiency. HDMI conducted a Financial Literacy and Planning Course to prepare the YouthBuild students for financial freedom. HDMI served with many volunteers from the surrounding communities to conduct mock interviews in order to better equip students to smoothly transition into the workforce. YouthBuild Lake County provides opportunities for secondary education completion, career pathways training, and transitional services to college, job placement and follow up support. YouthBuild U.S.A. also provides technical support, guidance, curriculum and training resources, as well as funding opportunities for YouthBuild programs.
House of David Ministries, Inc. has partnered with Fox Lake Community Church and Kid’s Hope USA to provide mentors for Big Hollow Elementary School located in Ingleside, Il. Kids Hope USA builds life-changing relationships one at a time --One Child. One Hour. One School. One Church. Over two decades ago, Dr. Virgil Gulker researched a question, "How can churches have the greatest impact on America’s at-risk children?", which led to the launch of Kids Hope US. After gathering input from sociologists, law enforcement, health professionals, educators, and child development experts, one response appeared on the top of everyone’s lists--fill the relational voids in kids' lives. In other words, send people to personally meet with students who need reliable, caring adult relationships. And start with children in the earliest grades.
That was the clear answer in 1995. It is still the answer today.
HDMI has worked alongside the staff at Woodstone Village Apartments for the last two years to provide toys for over 70 families each year. The objectives of the Toy-For-Tots Foundation is to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas, to play an active role, in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children, to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign, and to contribute to improving communities in the future.