EDUCATIONAL & RECREATIONAL YOUTH CENTER
WSHH is an Educational and Recreational Youth Center that serves 1-6 grade students who are from low income families in the Corpus Christi area. The Center provides academic enhancement, character formation, career opportunities, extra-curricular activities, and organized sports.
Students arrive from their respective schools and immediately sit down in the West Side Helping Hand center to do their daily homework with the help of a West Side Helping Hand staff member or volunteer. Report cards are collected each month. The grades of each student are traced through a computer data base program. Last school year, 100% of the West Side Helping Hand students showed improvement in their academics.
Each day, West Side Helping Hand students receive a character formation talk from Father James Farfaglia, the Founder and Spiritual Director of West Side Helping Hand. When Father is not available, the talk is given by Garner Burford. The short talks cover basic character formation topics such as personal discipline, having a positive outlook on life, getting ahead in life, forming a strong will, setting firm goals to live an extraordinary life.
In a world where many children are home alone doing nothing or absorbed in mindless gadgets, the sports program of West Side Helping Hand is a vital part of what we do. Sports are important for childhood development, forming life-long friendships, and just having good fun. At West Side Helping Hand we focus on soccer, basketball, four-square, Ga-ga, an awesome playground and other games for kids.
West Side Helping Hand students are encouraged to participate in elective clubs. Such clubs are: sewing, chess, music and a running club.
The Ruby Payne Getting Ahead Program for the West Side Helping Hand parents runs simultaneous at different times during the school year. Ruby’s program is a national program that has helped thousands of adults escape from generational poverty by learning the skills that help them move forward and get ahead.