For Margretta Cannon, the road to Haven of Hope, City within a City began with children. After running a childcare center for fourteen years, she applied for a grant from the Department of Education. It became apparent to Margretta that not only did children need to be immersed in learning, but to support the learning, the parents needed to be involved, too. And with this discovery, she found that many of her parents needed supplementary education themselves.
It was then that Margretta began her vision of a family literacy school. Teaching ESL, ECE, parenting classes and prep for the GED, educating the children extended to educating the whole family.
Called to give of the blessings she felt already surrounded her, Margretta could see clearly through years of working in childcare that the need was greater than just giving the young ones a head start. The entire family needed the things she and her friends had to offer. Teaming with the rest of the HOHCWC board members, that holistic approach stepped up to a new level with the opportunity to care for entire disenfranchised families, from housing to family education to job training.
A mistress of many trades, Margretta takes her compassion and empowerment with her to work every day, ensuring that things get done.