Supporting Mercy Housing’s youngest residents is something we strive to achieve. We believe that kids need support to succeed in school and in life, which is why we provide Out-of-School Time programs to Mercy Housing youth. These programs offer kids a place to go when their parents are at work or if they need help with homework. And thanks to community partners, including the Dominican Sisters of Adrian and Arik Armstead, we have been able to grow our Out-of-School Time programs.
As a founding community of Mercy Housing Northwest (MHNW), The Adrian Dominican Sisters have a 29-year history of personal investment, volunteerism, and financial support of resiliency-building programming and growing the affordable housing portfolio of MHNW. And thanks to a $1.5 million investment from the Sisters in 2021, MHNW started expanding their K—12 educational programming by creating comprehensive Out-of-School Time programs enhanced by literacy and math curricula at eight additional MHNW family properties. This initiative will serve up to 1,000 children and youth in kindergarten through 12th grade annually in Washington and Oregon. MHNW has a remarkable track record with Out-of-School-Time programming, having seen a 100% high school graduation rate for over five years at one Bellingham, WA community.
After a challenging year, residents of the Land Park Woods community in Sacramento found true cause for celebration as roughly 150 children, caregivers, and supporters gathered to launch the Armstead Academy.
Meanwhile, in California, Arik Armstead not only made his presence known on the field as a defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers but off the field as well as the founder of the Armstead Academic Project (AAP).
After a challenging year, residents of the Land Park Woods community in Sacramento found true cause for celebration when 150 children, caregivers, and supporters gathered to launch the Armstead Academy. Fueled by a $250,000 contribution to Mercy Housing California (MHC) from Arik, the Armstead Academy will provide top-notch academic coaching and after-school programming for K-12 students who live in the Upper Land Park area of Sacramento. Participants can reside either at Land Park Woods, one of MHC’s 152 affordable communities, or in the neighboring Marina Vista and Alder Grove public housing communities.
Armstead Academy participants will work with MHC staff and mentors to achieve academic success, develop leadership skills, enjoy college visits, and career exploration field trips, and take strides toward realizing healthy adulthoods.
Our five-year goal is to foster real and measurable progress toward school success at primary and secondary grade levels as children focus on on-time high school graduation and readiness for post-secondary education and career opportunities. We build upon our K-12 education support systems through our industry-leading affordable housing model. The focus is increasing student housing stability, strengthening student and parent engagement, and supporting a culture of school success.
Each month, 500 kids attend Out-of-School Time activities