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People’s Self-Help Housing Education Program Receives $5,000 Gift from the Henry W. Bull Foundation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –  Central Coast, CA – January 12, 2023People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH) has received $5,000 from the generous community philanthropic group the Henry W. Bull Foundation.

This investment will support Camino Scholars, the education program of People’s Self-Help Housing, which serves over 600 students per year at its onsite Learning Centers. As evidenced by standardized test scores, the curriculum significantly improves math and literacy skills and sets students on the path to lifelong learning. Through in-person programming and its counterpart distance learning model, Camino Scholars provides students and their families with year-round academic assistance.

Community support such as the Henry W. Bull Foundation’s contribution support Camino Scholars’ work as well as the program’s many partnerships that enhance outcomes for local students. Such partnerships include Camino Scholar’s work with the Guadalupe Union School District and the Santa Maria-Bonita School District’s After School Safety and Education (ASES) program, as well as Camino Scholar’s partnership with the 4H extension at UC Davis, which provides outdoor education and camping trips for community members residing in the City of Santa Barbara.

“Thank you to the Henry W. Bull Foundation for their commitment to serving local students,” said Joanna Dominguez, Director of Education. “With this gift, our Camino Scholars program will continue to provide students of all ages with the tools and resources to not only reach higher education, but to thrive in it.”

Camino Scholars supports younger students with innovative math and literacy skill-building programs. Through immersive tutoring and personalized learning plans, on average, over 90% of students improve their reading proficiency by two grade levels during a school year. Offering a 20:1 student-educator ratio, students are never far from the support they need to build a strong academic foundation.

The Camino Scholars College Club prepares students bound for higher education through application assistance, financial aid navigation, career exploration, campus visits, and continuing mentorship. This program helps students enroll in college and obtain their degrees while accruing little to no student debt. Success is found in peer group mentorship, community partnerships, and a strong network of alumni involvement.

To learn more, visit pshhc.org.

About People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH)

Founded in 1970, PSHH is the longest-serving nonprofit affordable housing organization on the Central Coast. With a mission of building homes and providing services to strengthen communities and change lives, PSHH serves low-income households, working families, seniors, veterans, farmworkers, those living with disabilities and the formerly homeless. It also provides homeownership opportunities through a self-help, “sweat equity” program that has seen over 1,200 homes successfully completed. PSHH has a presence in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Monterey counties, manages over 2,000 rental units, and employs over 200 staff members. PSHH acknowledges the indigenous people of the territories that our organization occupies, including the Chumash, Salinan, Yokuts, Kitanemuk, and Tataviam people. To read the full land acknowledgement, visit pshhc.org/IDEA. For more information about the organization, visit pshhc.org, email info@pshhc.org or phone (805) 781-3088.

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Media Contact: communications@pshhc.org, (805) 548-2340

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