Planned for Growth
MadCAAP’s education and resource center was built with future expansion in mind. The building’s intentionally flexible design will allow the addition to be completed efficiently and as economically as possible.
The Hope Grows Fundraising Goal is $600,000.
Yes, it’s an ambitious goal. But with the support of MadCAAP’s visionary and compassionate donors, it’s a realistic goal.
THE HOPE GROWS CAMPAIGN WILL ALLOW MadCAAP TO
Add 3,600 square feet to its education and resource center
Add five new, well-equipped classrooms, including a computer lab
Add a cooking demonstration center where clients will learn to prepare nutritious, affordable meals on a budget
Weekly lessons by grade level that meet spiritual, emotional, physical, and academic needs
Creative stimulation through arts and crafts, games, puzzles, music, guided play, and free play
Connections with encouraging volunteers who become trusted mentors
Nutritious snacks and evening meals
FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
Weekly lessons that promote spiritual, physical, and financial wellness
Critical social engagement
Mental stimulation through arts and crafts, games, and word puzzles
Connections with encouraging volunteers who become faithful friends
Nutritious snacks and occasional meals
Named Gift Opportunities
Areas and features are available for naming at certain donation levels. These areas may be named in honor of the donor, a friend or family member, or another honoree specified by the donor and approved by MadCAAP.
The New Addition
Common Area for Vacation Bible School and Summer Camps
(including appliances and cooking lab)
(including computers and technology)
Check out these awesome photos. Award-winning Mississippi photographer Robby Followel shot the photography. He is an avid supporter of all things MadCAAP.
In 2015, MadCAAP began a children’s ministry at The Joe Prichard Homes, also known as “The Joe,” a federally-subsidized apartment complex for low-income residents.
MadCAAP’s vision is to duplicate and expand this programming to include more children and senior citizens registered with MadCAAP. These new and expanded programs would be housed in the new space.
Through HOPE Grows, MadCAAP will help children break the cycle of generational poverty and help older adults live out their golden years with dignity.
"Children don’t ask to be born into poverty, and they have no control over their circumstances."
Too often, poverty robs children of their childhoods, forcing them to become self-sufficient at a very young age or pushing them into caretaking situations that many adults would find difficult to manage.
The COVID-19 pandemic further compromised these children’s futures. Lack of reliable access to broadband internet made virtual education challenging. Their parents, many of whom were frontline workers, didn’t have the ability to homeschool or the means to pay a tutor. These children are still trying to catch up from what was essentially a year of lost learning.
MadCAAP’s after-school and summer enrichment programs help children keep up with their schoolwork, emphasize the value of education as a way out of poverty, and provide guidance from caring adults. MadCAAP’s goal is to lift them up spiritually, emotionally and academically.
Perhaps most importantly, MadCAAP’s programs show these children that they are loved and valued and that their futures can be bright.
Mississippians 65 and older have the shortest life expectancy among seniors in the country and are at the greatest risk for financial insecurity. More than 13 percent of Mississippi seniors live below the poverty level – the second-highest percentage in the nation.
Many of Mississippi’s senior citizens worked hard all of their lives, only to retire into poverty. Paying for housing, food, and medication on a fixed income is a constant struggle. Poverty among seniors is linked to an increased risk of disability, physical and cognitive decline, and homelessness.
Too often, Mississippi’s low-income elderly are a forgotten population.
MadCAAP is changing that. The HOPE Grows campaign will allow MadCAAP to expand its programs for the elderly and serve more of Madison County’s “forgotten” seniors. Above all, HOPE Grows will remind seniors that they are valued and their lifelong contributions are appreciated and help provide dignity and security in their golden years.
"Mississippi ranks as the worst state in the country for older Americans."