This is our 75th year of uninterrupted service to the children, youths, and families of this community. We’re continuing our year-long celebration with the Heart of the Community Awards Luncheon on February 13, and you’re invited.
While we will certainly pause to take stock of this important milestone in the life of this great institution, what we will celebrate most on this occasion however, are the many thousands of individuals that have enriched the history of Hopkins House over these more than seven decades.
During our earliest years, our founders wanted our young boys and girls to have grace and poise. In addition to social etiquette, we taught sewing, handcraft, and sportsmanship. These were important qualities in the 1930’s and 40’s for young people destined for achievement, and there was no doubt in our minds that the youths of Hopkins House would accomplish great things in their lives.
For our troops returning home from World War II, we offered respite for their weary muscles and fellowship for their lonely hearts. Their bravery on the foreign battlefield emboldened us in the battle for social justice here at home. We petitioned to establish a high school for African-American youths, and to open the public libraries for all people of color, during a time when racial segregation was the law.
In the sixties, we fed the hungry and found work for the unemployed. To let them know that they were not forgotten, we read books and played board games with the elderly and escorted them on outings.
In the following decade, we worked to integrate the public schools and spread the good news to all who would listen, that knowledge yields the power to erase poverty and despair.
In the nineties, we took up arms against an insidious sexually transmitted disease raging through the community, shortening young lives, and destroying families and neighborhoods.
In recent years, we have focused on children, helping to prepare them to meet the challenges of the new century. We need them to be strong, if they are to carry on the good fight in defense of those tried and true virtues of peace and love.
It is the tens of thousands of individuals who have passed through our doors over these 75 years that we celebrate. We are enormously thankful to our service recipients, students, volunteers, donors, and employees. They are the lifeblood of Hopkins House, and the spirit that has enlivened this institution since 1939.
J. Glenn Hopkins
President and CEO