Community Life Programs
MHP is a private, nonprofit real estate developer in Montgomery County, MD. Its holistic approach to housing includes providing affordable rents, developing educational programs for residents to develop skills that expand their opportunities and balance their lives, and implementing neighborhood revitalization efforts in troubled communities impacted by foreclosures and the downturn in the economy. MHP’s Community Life Programs were created in 1998, and currently include the following:
Homework Club : Elementary-aged children 6-12 years old are provided with a structured, supportive atmosphere for completing school assignments in the community centers and computer labs. Children living at or near MHP properties in Silver Spring and Takoma Park are able to take part in the homework clubs at 7610 Maple, Greenwood Terrace, Glenville Road, and Great Hope Homes. They also receive tutoring in reading and math, Monday through Thursday from 4:00–6:00 p.m., September to June. We serve more than 120 students at these locations.
GATOR Program: An innovative afterschool enrichment program in Wheaton for students ages 6-12 years old, which focuses on strengthening the math, reading, and science skills of students. The Great Achievers Toward Outstanding Results (GATOR) program started in September 2013, and is made possible through a grant from the 21st Century Learning Centers and the Maryland State Department of Education. MHP partners with Arcola Elementary School to offer the program at two sites, Monday through Friday after school – September through June. We serve up to 75 students at Pembridge and Amherst Square, and 48 students at Arcola Elementary School in Wheaton.
Summer Enrichment Program: The purpose of the Summer Program is to provide an array of structured activities for the children during the summer so they can maintain their academic standing at school while having positive experiences. The Camp meets 5 hours a day, five days a week during the month of July. While at the camp, children participate daily in literacy programs, outdoor sports, arts and crafts, and computer writing projects. The children also go on field trips once a week. This program is available at Amherst, Glenville Road, Great Hope Homes, Greenwood Terrace and Pembridge Square. We serve 100 children 6 to 12 years old.
Preschool Group: The purpose of the group is to help pre-school age children get ready for kindergarden. The Group is set up as a school where children can play, explore and learn. We serve 80 children, ages 3 to 5. The Group meets three times a week for 1.5 hours. This program is available at Amherst, Great Hope Homes, Greenwood Terrace and Pembridge Square.
Preschool Group Summer Program: The purpose of the group is to nurture the preschool’s children natural curiosity and to engage them in creativity projects and field trips. The children also have activities such as reading, coloring, listening and playing component as part of their daily activities. We serve 64 children, ages 3 to 5. The Group meets for 2.5 hours a day during the month of July. Available at Amherst, Pembridge Square and Greenwood Terrace only.
Teen Program: Teenagers have a critical need for strong support in their communities. MHP’s Teen Program helps young adults deal with peer pressure, social-economic needs and leadership in their communities. As of today, the Teen Program is offered through small projects that have great impact in their communities. In 2009, we offered two programs for teenagers; the play “Through a Young Latino Eye” and the “Mural Restoration Project” at Pembridge. In 2010, we offered a Summer Program for Teenagers at Pembridge, five hours a day five days a week. We serve up to 15 youths ages 12 to 16.
7610 Maple Community Center | 301-270-0235
Gilbert Highlands Community Center | 301-495-2363
Glenville Road Community Center | 301-408-1430
Great Hope Homes Annie R. Collins Community Center | 301-384-8320
Greenwood Terrace Community Center | 301-495-7317
Amherst Square Norman Christeller Community Center | 301-962-9404
Pembridge Square Community Center | 301-942-6900