Our Mission & Goals


Riverway Communities of Hope Mission Statement

Providing hope, support and encouragement,

we serve the needs of small town and rural youth,

helping them to grow in a safe, nurturing environment.

Riverway Communities of Hope, a 501(c)(3) non-profit group, was organized in Southwest Wisconsin to address the needs of area youth with substance abuse prevention education and prevention activities, as well as substance abuse and mental health treatment.

TREATMENT AT NO COST

As long as we have funds available, all services are at no cost to those who need assistance and are solely for the purpose of providing relief to the under-privileged and/or under-served, enhancing academic success, combating juvenile delinquency and promoting the overall health and stability of the community.

PREVENTION

The Early Release Program initiated by Riverway Communities of Hope provides supervised, wholesome and educational fun for all students who choose to participate. The goal is to keep children safe while providing them with structured activities that are lead by role models and mentors who promote the value of a stable, drug-free life.

RCoH's After School Events are important to our area youth. These events address the concern about the vulnerability of children who become “latchkey kids” during the hours between dismissal from school and the end of their parents' workday. These supervised activities also provide opportunities for youth to learn new skills from local artists and artisans, receive homework help if needed, benefit from a nutritious snack, and be mentored by adults of the community.

FUNDING

All funding for assessment or counseling appointments, for after school activities or for transportation is covered through donations or money raised through the efforts of Riverway Communities of Hope volunteers. Special thanks for donations or grant funds from the Office of Justice Assistance, Alliant Energy, Clare Family Foundation, United Way, Richland County United Givers, Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Walmart, Golden Living Center-Riverdale, Council of Catholic Women, United Presbyterian (Muscoda), Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Fresh Start, S.A.F.E. Grant County Coalition, Safe and Stable Families, Compeer, Bemis, Land's End, Upland Hills Hospital, Gunderson Hospital, and many generous individuals.

Goals

Riverway Communities of Hope will provide supervised, wholesome and educational fun for all students who chose to participate. The goal is to keep children safe while providing them with role models and mentors who will promote the value of a stable, drug-free life.

Additional goals include: a 15% increase in the number of youth served (from 72 last semester to a new total of 83 students served), a 10% increase in the number of adult volunteers (from 8 last semester to a new total of 9 who participate in the program), a collaborative relationship with other volunteer organizations in the area (i.e.: the local churches’ volunteer groups and Muscoda’s new women’s group “Leading Ladies”).

In providing an Early Release Program, we will address a need in the area that is currently unmet---the supervision of children who are “too old” for traditional child care/day care settings. The Early Release Program is designed to strengthening students' life skills and ability to withstand the stressors that surround them, enabling them to make better choices for their futures (and thus improve the entire community).

By utilizing volunteers from Riverway Communities of Hope as well as volunteers from other groups in the community, the program will strengthen social bonding and assist students in developing caring relationships with people with strong standards against substance abuse.

Our success will be measured by increases in participation and by the knowledge that at the end of the grant period we will have provided safe, enjoyable and enriching activities for the youth of our area when there previously was no program available.