October 2023 News and Events
Letter from our Executive Director, Rebecca Limbaugh
As we approach the end of the year, I am beginning to reflect on the challenges we have overcome and the progress we've made so far. In my reflections, I've focused on the word "gratitude". I am grateful for the support of our Board of Directors, the dedication and passion of the BHGH team's unwavering support of one another, and their commitment to our scholars and families. I am particularly thankful for the parents who trust us to care for their precious children each day. Lastly, I am so very grateful to our community partners and donors. However, you provide support whether it's through financial contributions, donations, a service, or simply spending time with our scholars, we appreciate you! We realize that we cannot continue to do this wonderful work with you.
As the holiday season approaches, we are hoping you can help us give our well-deserving scholars the best possible holiday season ever. If you would like to help now or throughout the holiday season, please click on the link below and donate to Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit. We cannot continue to do this work without you!
"Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give". - Ben Carson
Ms. Rebecca Limbaugh (ED)
Featured Team Member and Scholar
Meet Jazmine Ross, Residential Counselour
Jazmine Ross joined the team in November 2022 as a Residential Counselor and her positive impact on the Hope House Girls has been enormous. She, with another Counselor created a Self Care Program. She is mother, an entrepreneur, and a Force on our team.
Ms. Jazmine is known for her fun spirit, her hard work, and being loved by all of the Scholars. When asked how they feel about her, the Scholars said, "She always helps us out. She keeps us smiling, and takes really good care of us". We look forward to Jazmine continuing to grow in her role and with BHGH Detroit.
Meet Ivyanna Peoples, Collegian
Ivyanna Peoples graduated from Detroit Cristo Rey High School and the Hope Academy in 2020 and has been attending Michigan State University ever since. Ivyanna is expected to graduate in 2025 with her degree in BS in Psychology and a Minor in Women and Gender Studies.
Recently, Ivy traveled to St. Louis, MO for the Legacy Leaders Summit and participated in peer groups to enhance the BHGH Network. She has dreams of expanding the Collegian program to support students through the grad school since she herself is struggling with the upcoming process of being a Physician's Assistant.
Currently, Ivy is the Social Chair for the MSU Gospel Choir, and is working two jobs; first as a campus custodian, and also as a 1st generation Mentor with DOW STEM hosting study groups, coaching, tutoring, and supporting younger students at MSU.
What Ivyanna wants everyone to know:
"I am resilient. You can never give up. You've got to keep going through the tribulations and discrimination. Whatever you put your mind to, do it. Don't let no one tell you anything because that degree will go in your name, not anyone else's. And it's okay to have a back-up plan, you're not failing if you change your mind. "
On her favorite experiences in the program...
"Academy gave me an eye opener to the outside world. I had a more closed mindset, but I loved that we always had open discussions with different opinions and no judgement. I also loved we had college tours and was given transportation to those activities. I knew the moment I put my feet on the ground trip at MSU in my 10th grade year I had found my dream school."
Ivy is seeking an internship near MSU in a hospital, nursing home, clinic, or related location and a mentor in the medical field to guide her with her steps after college graduation. To connect with Ivyanna, reach out to her on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/ivyanna-peoples-94b9821bb
Friends of BHGH Detroit
Mary Buchzeiger, Chief Executive Officer of Lucerne International, was kind of enough to spend her evening having dinner and meeting the wonderful young ladies of the Hope House. Mary and the girls had the opportunity to connect over robotics, sports, and learn more about her phenomenal entrepreneurial journey. It was an honor to have her and we hope to spend more time with her soon! Thank you Mary!
Scholar Mixer and Orientation
Current and newly enrolled Scholars met at the Hope House for a Scholar Mixer while families completed enrollment and met with the team. We're excited to welcome in all the new Scholars and kick off another fantastic year!
Historical Black Colleges and Universities Expo
- On the first field trip of the Fall Academy Season, We attended HBCU’s Expo in downtown Detroit. Scholars had the opportunity to network with Universities all over the country.
Academy Night: Brenda Jones Scholarship Event
Scholars attended a college, trade, and scholarship expo where they met dozens of representatives from institutions all over the region dedicated to post-secondary success.
Wayne State University Tour!
Saturday, October 14 Scholars attended the Fall Open House and explored Pre-law, engineering, psychology, nursing, and so many more majors!
Recipe of the Month
Let's Get Cookin'!
Lemon Basil Shrimp Pasta
Wild Caught Shrimp
1/4 cup of Fresh Basil (more can be added if desired)
1 Fresh Lemon
Pasta of your choice
1-2 cloves of Fresh Garlic
- Boil water for pasta. Add salt to water. Follow directions on box to cook to your desired firmness
- Season Shrimp with VERY LIGHT olive oil, salt, pepper, a light amount of garlic and onion powder and lemon juice from the fresh lemon. How much lemon juice is up to you. Allow time to Marinade while you prepare sauce.
- For your sauce, Add 4-6 tablespoons of salted butter to a non stick pan, melt on medium/low heat. Add your chopped shallots and garlic cloves right after while butter melts.
- Add Shrimp and Basil at the same time when half of the butter is melted in the pan, continue cooking on Medium to Low Heat
- Be careful to not let the butter burn
- When shrimp is done (no longer translucent on both sides, about 7 minutes cooking) turn down to the lowest setting before adding pasta.
- Add a little pasta water, another small squeeze of lemon juice and Pecorino Romano cheese to your butter sauce mixture and stir
- After draining pasta, add to mixture and stir
- Top with fresh Basil, garnish with lemon wedge and more Pecorino Romano cheese. Enjoy!
Call to Action!
"We Have A Dream" Help get us to Washington DC
Panda Express Fundraiser
1. Go to Panda Express.com or to The Panda Express App and select "Order Now". Any Orders made through other apps or online food delivering services will not be able to approve the fundraising code
2. Choose Pickup or Delivery for your order
3. Select All of your Panda Express favorites like Orange Chicken, Broccoli Beef or Chow Mein
4. Input your unique fundraiser online code (916804) in the "Fundraiser Code" section and click "Apply" in the red box
5. Confirm your Code has been applied by making sure your organizations name is displayed. Proceed to Checkout.
QUESTIONS? Contact FundraiserCenter@pandarg.com
Friday, Nov 10, 2023, 12:00 AM
Online Only/ In-App Purchases
Thank you to some of our Community Partners!
Say Detroit Play Center
For more information about Say Detroit Play Center please visit their website https://www.sayplay.org
The Student Connection
Boys Grosse Pointe North Soccer Team
Loyola High School
Detroit Edison Public School Academy Early College of Excellence
Thank you to all of our dynamic donors. Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit is funded by the generosity of our community. Your dollars fund the dreams of our Scholars. Thank you!
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Location: P.O. Box 21085 Detroit, MI 48221