AHC’s Resident Services program started in 1993 with a simple idea – give youngsters something productive to do in the afternoon.
Today the program has evolved into a thriving, community-based effort that touches hundreds of children, teens, adults and senior citizens each year.
Resident Services’ programs combine community partnerships with AHC-managed programs to strengthen our residents’ economic and social stability. We now offer in-depth educational programs and social activities for 200 children and teens, and parenting and health-related workshops, ESL classes, computer access and social activities for more than 350 adults on a regular basis, including activities specifically geared towards seniors. We serve an additional 150 children and adults on an occasional basis, including referrals to additional social services, eviction prevention, food distributions, back-to-school supplies and community dinners and events.
AHC’s educational programs for students encourage academic excellence and personal growth in a nurturing and stable environment. Because programs are located in the communities where families live, they are a vibrant part of children’s lives from elementary through high school. Our multi-pronged approach includes:
AHC’s After-School programs focus on improving literacy for elementary students. Staff and volunteers build reading, writing and vocabulary skills through a variety of educational and cultural activities. The program’s emphasis works. In 2014, 92% of the students who were assessed improved their reading level by at least one full grade and/or are reading at or above grade level.
AHC’s program for middle and high school students aims to keep teens in school and help them maximize their options after high school. The program includes one-on-one tutoring, mentoring, college visits, SAT test prep, help with scholarship and financial aid applications, and a variety of enriching experiences. The formula has proved successful. One hundred percent of the seniors in AHC’s teen program have graduated from high school since we began tracking the program in 2008. More than 80 percent of these students have continued on to college.
AHC’s Summer Camp program is designed to prevent learning loss – a particular challenge for low-income students – through both educational and enrichment experiences. Last year, 94% of students tested showed no loss or some gain in sight words and nearly all of the children who are also in the After-School program showed no loss in reading fluency and comprehension. The best thing about Summer Camp? Kids are having so much fun they don’t even realize they’re building literacy and math skills, too.
AHC Summer Camp makes learning fun
Adults and Seniors
AHC offers community connections and onsite programs to help adults strengthen their economic stability and build stronger futures for themselves and their families. Programs include partnerships with local food banks that provide food to qualifying residents on a weekly basis, English as a Second Language courses, access to Arlington County services and an eviction prevention program to help families stay in their homes.
Programs for seniors continue to grow. In Arlington, one in five residents will be 60 or older by 2020. As the number of senior citizens grows, affordable living opportunities for older Americans are becoming an increasing need.
Currently, AHC operates three apartment communities for senior citizens. All provide programs and staff to help residents age in place successfully. Activities include exercise classes, arts and crafts, nutrition and wellness programs and access to libraries, continuing education and cultural excursions.
Volunteers are critical to the success of our programs. Learn more about how you can spend as little as an hour a week and change a life.