Site Analysis

This logic map outlines our understanding of the resources available and activities & outputs currently happening at Generations of Hope, as well as the short-term, mid-term and long-term goals Generations of Hope is striving to accomplish with these activities and outputs.

Context

The logic map displayed on this site analysis demonstrates our understanding of the resources available as well as the activities and outputs currently happening at Generations of Hope. It details the short-term, mid-term and long-term goals based on our experiences with the site.

Resources

The resources already available at Generations of Hope when we began collaborating for this project were comprised of volunteer hours from the residents, Generations of Hope staff, the IGC (the library, meeting center, and computer lab), and the Computer Committee (made up of staff and residents). The volunteer hours listed as a resource are performed by each senior citizen resident. These hours are part of an agreement that allow senior residents to receive reduced rent. The hours are monitored and scheduled by the Generations of Hope staff. The Generations of Hope staff members are the primary resource for planning activities, events, and other happenings at the site. Staff and residents work together to provide the necessary services and opportunities that help the community thrive. The IGC (inter-generational center) serves as a primary meeting place for groups of staff, friends, and residents at Generations of Hope. It is an invaluable resource for individuals involved in the community, and is the site of the computer lab our 451 group has been working on this semester.

Activities and Outputs

There are a variety of activities currently in place at Generations of Hope. There is an after school program for K-5 students Mondays through Thursdays, senior exercise classes for a half an hour once a week, and a host of additional regularly scheduled events. Salad luncheons occur at the IGC every Friday, and usually have anywhere from 8-20 guests in attendance. The “Boys Group” is another successful activity organized by resident parents. This club has 10-12 participants. They have birthday parties once a month, usually with 20-40 guests in attendance. There are also several coffee groups that occur on different days each week with varying numbers of participants. The overall output of these activities is quite successful given the regularity of attendance and the positive feedback about the sense of community these activities promote.

Outcomes

The outcomes of this site analysis for the Generations of Hope community can be divided into short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals. Short term goals include building a shared purpose and values for the foundation of caring relationships made explicit in the mission of Generations of Hope. In particular, these values should stress building intergenerational relationships, and should strive to welcome new members into the community. With regard to the lab, short-term goals include parent-approved interactive supervision of the lab and the availability of open-access lab hours more often. Mid-term goals build upon the short term goals and include the following components: maintaining values and a shared purpose, using the lab to foster community, and forming partnerships with schools and other outside communities that help foster the lab and the students’ academic success. The long-term goals build upon the activities and outcomes of the center, and emphasize building the community and generating social capital. Long-term goals implement and sustain the programming that directly supports the overall health, education, and well-being of all of the residents and staff at Generations of Hope.

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