The idea for Seeds of Hope was created after the closure of St. Joseph Catholic School in 1993. St. Joseph Catholic School, in central Denver, struggled for years to keep its doors open in a primarily low-income neighborhood, and the school and parish communities were devastated when the school eventually closed. As a result, several business and community leaders came together and committed to help struggling Catholic schools in low-income neighborhoods survive. In 1996, Seeds of Hope was formally created to help low-income families in and around the inner city of Denver afford Catholic education for their children.
One of the founders of Seeds of Hope was Sister LaVonne Guidoni, a sister from the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. She was well known as an educator with a passion for her profession, and she was a tireless advocate for Catholic education. Known to go door-to-door to ask for funds, Sister LaVonne dedicated years of her life to raising millions of dollars so that any child with a desire to attend Catholic school could have the opportunity. Prior to the founding of Seeds of Hope, a consortium of inner-city schools was created to pool resources, ensure no child was turned away for lack of tuition, and help save schools in the inner city. The consortium – called Schools in Urban Neighborhoods (S.U.N. schools) – was created in 1987. When Seeds of Hope was created nine years later, the S.U.N. schools became the organization’s primary focus.
Today, Seeds of Hope continues to help Catholic schools in impoverished neighborhoods remain open and operational by providing the financial assistance students need to pay tuition. These schools include: Annunciation, Assumption, Guardian Angels, St. Bernadette, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Francis de Sales, St. Rose of Lima, St. Therese, and Sts. Peter and Paul.
Seeds of Hope partners with various organizations to accomplish our mission. One of these organizations is the Children's Scholarship Fund (CSF). CSF expands educational opportunity by providing scholarships to families in need.