Helping Further the Mission of Hispanics Against Child Abuse and Neglect

A Safe Haven for At-Risk Hispanic Youth of the Culmore Community with a Reading and Math Literacy Program.

HACAN

Children and Youth

Our story

It was
late August and Maynor was thrilled. He was receiving a certificate of
completion from the HACAN-sponsored Leer+ summer program. “I feel like crying!
I am so happy!” Maynor,  a rambunctious
and athletic little guy who likes soccer but hadn’t been too keen on school,
had been recommended to Leer+ by the vice principal of Bailey’s Primary School,
Ted Cooper. He and 28 others who were slightly below benchmark on their
end-of-year kindergarten assessments were attending our program with a parent
or older sibling. After two sessions with Leer+, Maynor had become very excited
with the realization that he was grasping phonics concepts that were propelling
him toward fluent reading. “I love books! I love reading!” he exclaimed as we
were wrapping up the session.

 

Maynor’s
older brother Ismael was proud, too. Because Leer+ requires participation from
a parent or older sibling, along with the child, Ismael was learning effective
and efficient decoding strategies that would help his brother read. Having
arrived from Honduras only two years before, as an English language learner
(ELL) Ismael was also directly benefitting from Leer+,

 

Leer +
is now well into the academic school year session for these children and their
parents. Every Wednesday and Thursday after school, we meet in the Clubhouse,
parents and first-graders, ready to learn strategies for becoming fluent book
lovers. Most of our adult participants don’t speak English. They are just as
eager for the opportunity to learn to speak and read in English as they are to
support the literacy of their children at home—an idea that once seemed
impossible is becoming a reality.

 

A
crucial part of our Leer+ is the Speak Up/Be Safe program. Because learning cannot happen successfully when families are threatened
by physical and/or mental abuses
that often appear in communities that are
stressed by poverty and overcrowding, Leer+ wants to make sure that our
families know how to create and maintain a safe home. We teach them body and
mental health safety; and, because we develop a trusting relationship with our
families, we can match them other services that will best ensure their safety
and security. By so doing, we can be sure our families are ready to learn.

 

Please help
us reach our goal of $10,000 dollars. Any amount you can donate and/or any time
you can spend spreading the word about our campaign among your friends and
family will be helping us successfully complete the pilot year of our Leer+
program. Maynor and Ismael and all our other families have made so much
progress and we want to continue to support them to reach their highest
potential. 




Updates

12/31/2017

Wow, we have raised $4,305.98 from a great group of donors. Thank you all so much and remember – there’s still time!!! Spread the word, share it on facebook, email, twitter, pony express….



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12/28/2017

Thank you all for the generous contributions! We are at 39% in the final days of the year. Giving history predicts that most of the donations are going to occur in these last 4 days. Please spread the word using the links below and thank you!



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12/26/2017

Wel we are getting down to the wire and wanted to let each and every one of you know your generous contributions are so appreciated and we will put your heard earned dollars to good use with the children of HACAN. Thank you and please, spread the word as we still have 5 days left in our campaign!



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12/26/2017

Wel we are getting down to the wire and wanted to let each and every one of you know your generous contributions are so appreciated and we will put your heard earned dollars to good use with the children of HACAN. Thank you and please, spread the word as we still have 5 days left in our campaign!



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12/21/2017

Good morning everyone and thank you for your generous contributions – we are at $3,500 and counting today. Such good news on a beautiful December day. Please spread the good word about our HIPGIve campaign using the hyperlink below and together we can reach the goal! Thank you as always, HACAN.



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12/16/2017

Thank you everyone for helping HACAN – we have now surpassed the 30% mark towards our goal! We have 2 more weeks left to meet the $10,000 mark and telling your friends and family by email and facebook, even twitter, marches us ever closer to the finish line. Please use the links below to share the campaign and thank you ever so much.



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12/14/2017

Wow $2,754.98 to date! Thank you all for your generosity, we are inching towards our $10,000 goal with each passing minute. HIPGive also extended our campaign through the end of December, so please tell all your family, friends and colleagues they have an extra 4 days!



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12/12/2017

Thank you everyone who has donated to this campaign. We are getting closer to our goal with each passing minute and your generosity is most appreciated!



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12/10/2017

Thanks to your kind donations HACAN has been able to serve the Culmore community through its programs. We would like to take this time of the year not just to say THANK YOU but to share with you HACAN achievements during 2017

· With the parenting classes, HACAN has served 53 families
· With Morning Star program, HACAN has served 50 children
· With STAR program, HACAN has served 57 youth
· With Leer Plus program, HACAN has served 18 young children



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12/10/2017

Thanks to your kind donations HACAN has been able to serve the Culmore community through its programs. We would like to take this time of the year not just to say THANK YOU but to share with you HACAN achievements during 2017

· With the parenting classes, HACAN has served 53 families
· With Morning Star program, HACAN has served 50 children
· With STAR program, HACAN has served 57 youth
· With Leer Plus program, HACAN has served 18 young children



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11/29/2017

Wow we have raised $1,000 in the first day of our campaign ~the children of HACAN and all of our board say “thank you!”



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Givers

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Carmen L Fernandez

We love Morning Star. It really helps our children.

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Henry A Borges

Merry Christmas H.A.C.A.N. Thank you for all you do.

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Allyn Kurin

Thank you for all that you do with the Culmore community.

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Mari de Leon

Happy Holidays

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Robin Yi

Merry Christmas- gift requested by Rachel Yi

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Anonymous

Thanks!

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John Griggs

I always remember that I learned from HACAN the motto of "Discipline without Anger". HACAN's parenting classes taught me as a mother that there is no reason to be angry at a child for acting like a child while at the same time a child looks for the parent to provide structure and boundaries. HACAN's parenting classes are valuable service to the community that needs to continue.

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John Edward Griggs

I've been amazed how almost every donated dollar to HACAN goes directly to service to serve the community. I have met many young Ladies now enjoying successful careers as lawyers, social workers, and business, who have told me that HACAN changed their life and helped them to be successful. Statistics are nice but real life success stories are even better.

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Gretchen Steinberg

In honor of R.Y.'s commitment to volunteerism!

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Thank you H.A.C.A.N for believing in our children and empowering our teenager to achieve their dreams.

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william f altmire

Happy Holidays to all!

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Javier R Fernandez

I hope you reach the goal of 10k

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Amy Wollerton

Thanks for all your hard work!!!

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Allida Motta

Thank you for supporting HACAN!

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Rosemarie Hidalgo

Celebrating the wonderful dedication of HACAN and its contributions to the community.

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Joyce Thatcher

Keep up the good work in Falls Church, VA!

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Azael C. Gonzalez

Thank you for all your hard and wonderful work.

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Elizabeth I Janik

Merry Christmas to all!

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Patricia Gil

Les deseo mucho por esta linda causa!

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Mary E. O'Donnell

It is in giving that we receive.

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Christina M. O'Donnell

I support the mission of HACAN!

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