About Vision of Hope
A Message from Sister John Martin Fixa, OP
Dear Friends All,
Welcome to Vision of Hope, a dream and a commitment of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose to revitalize eight inner-city elementary schools and their communities. Here we not only believe in miracles; we have come to expect them!
Generous support of five regional development offices has enabled eight schools in our poorest areas to continue to build a positive future for their children, families, and communities. While we have only just begun to make a dent in the problems of elementary schools that once lived “hand-to-mouth” and annually agonized over budgets that were far from adequate and even debt-ridden, we are making a difference.
Many families are now finding it possible to keep their children in our schools while weathering the storm of temporary financial setbacks. Hundreds of other families can begin the school year with partial tuition assistance and know that because of Vision of Hope there will be money left to put food on the table. Incredibly dedicated community leaders are partnering with us and encouraging others to look to the inner-city children as our hope for the future. Yes, we believe in miracles!
Yet the miracles are just beginning. Our faith and experience of God’s love encourage us to expect even more!
To have teachers, parents, community leaders, alumni, foundations and friends join us in this expectation is cause for great celebration. That smiles are replacing frowns, that black ink is replacing red on balance sheets, that peace is replacing violence, that confidence is replacing hopelessness…that we all are able to celebrate growth and believe in a future for our children, our schools and our communities…this is the Vision of Hope miracle that touches us all.
We pray that you, too, will want to be a part of our Vision. Visit us here … or, better yet, meet some of the 1,703 students we are privileged to serve. How we welcome your involvement in any way. Celebrate miracles!
Sister John Martin Fixa, O.P.
Vision of Hope Executive Director