Grandma’s House of Hope: bringing hope to the homeless
For many Northwood students, “family” isn’t the first word that comes to mind when thinking about their school. However, Northwood’s newest club, Grandma’s House of Hope (GHoH), aims to change that.
Founded by senior Michael Wang and junior Harvey Zhou, GHoH aims to provide students with the opportunity to assist individuals in need through various outreach events, such as cooking meals and hosting recreational activities for disadvantaged children.
“Our service goes towards helping the ‘invisible’—people who lose their homes temporarily that go unnoticed by most charities. They come to us and we help them get back on our feet,” current club president Zhou said. “We want people to understand that community service isn’t a burden or responsibility, but rather an enjoyment and interest.”
The club has already hosted several events, such as a canned food drive and Halloween pumpkin carving, for “motel families”—families that cannot afford proper housing and are forced by necessity to live in motels. Additionally, the club visits these families alongside volunteers from similar organizations on Saturdays, providing vital household and sanitation products. Students also provide entertainment through singing, playing board games, participating in sports and conversing with them, often the only form of social contact the children of the families receive.
“Personally, I enjoy our Saturday events the most,” Zhou said. “I believe our little acts of kindness can make small yet significant differences in their lives, and the joy that comes from knowing I made someone else’s day a little better is the greatest feeling in the world.”
In the future, GHoH hopes to raise enough support to organize a carnival in Anaheim for underprivileged children in the neighborhood, as well as expand membership and increase the number of people they help. In doing so, the club hopes that volunteers will form new relationships and deepen existing connections between both the disadvantaged families and themselves.
“Right now at Northwood, it can feel like everyone’s out to get each other because the competition is so cutthroat,” Wang said. “But when we come together and put heart and passion into a purpose that’s not for ourselves, knowing we’re all there to make someone else’s day better, we can see each other in a brighter light and become a little closer. I think that’s the true definition of making a family.”