Family Development Program

social worker visit

A Common Hope social worker meets with a family.

Many families in Guatemala struggle with the effects of the country’s 36-year civil war and entrenched poverty, including alcoholism, abuse, unemployment, and poor self-esteem. These things hinder families from moving out of poverty and improving their lives.

Each family affiliated with Common Hope works with a social worker to create goals and plans to achieve them. The social worker facilitates a family’s access to all of Common Hope’s integrated programs. In addition to education, health care, and housing, families have access to Al-Anon, parenting education, legal support, job placement services, and emergency relief.

In 2012, social workers conducted an average of 502 visits each month to the 1,591 families sponsored by Common Hope. In addition, 70 families graduated from a series of parenting classes, and another 48 individuals found new jobs with the help of our job placement services.