HISTORY OF HOMEWORK HOUSE
“Los Olividados/The Forgotten Class.’’ That was the title of a series of articles that ran in the Springfield Republican in 2004 about the worsening education and achievement gap in poor Latino communities in western Massachusetts. The series detailed how that gap has left whole generations of Latino children and their families marginalized and cut off from the American dream.
Sr. Maureen Broughan and Sr. Jane Morrissey, both retired educators, were determined that the kids in the Flats neighborhood of Holyoke would not be among the “forgotten”. Inspired to take action by these articles and by the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph to unite neighbor with neighbor, they started Homework House of Hermano Pedro in the Flats in February 2006.
Homework House is modeled on a highly successful California after-school program designed for underserved children living and learning in poor neighborhoods. Homework House started out small- with just 20 children and 15 volunteer tutors working with the kids two days each week. By September 2006, our program had expanded to a second site in Holyoke’s Churchill section, like the Flats, a low income and largely Latino neighborhood.
Today Homework House serves almost 100 kids each day at our two sites with the help of over 250 volunteer tutors. Incorporated in 2007, Homework House INC is an independent non-sectarian organization serving all children regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or gender.