We go into their home and we teach them how to cook, budget and shop. We teach them how to launder their clothes. We teach them how to take the bus, and how to get back and forth to different things in the community.
I think personally it would give me a great feeling to know that Beth had a place she could call her home long after we were gone -- and I know that is true of other parents that we know.
The neatest thing about living in my own place is cause I love it here... I can do things on my own.
My dream was always living in a house and I got that dream, and I made that dream come true.
I really like it. This is the best place I ever lived, and my Dad was so happy when we found out about this program and found this place.
HOPE offers a giant thank you to Board Treasurer Robert Irlen for his generous gift of $5,000 to support our cause and join the Ambassador 5 Circle. Bob is a longtime benefactor of our mission, parent of a HOPE resident, past Board Member of Harbor Regional Center, and community leader. We could not be more proud of his belief in our work and his willingness to step up and fund our future impact in the community.
Ambassador 5 Circle members are among HOPE’s most important donors. They are bound together by a shared commitment to the mission of creating stable, affordable homes for adults with developmental disabilities. These VIP patrons create the financial security for HOPE to move quickly when extraordinary opportunities arise.
“I am passionate about HOPE because of their core value of empowering residents to live independently…to make everyday choices that they may not otherwise have had the opportunity to make,” Bob says. “These are everyday things you and I may sometimes take for granted—what to eat, what to wear, what to do for leisure. And it is housing—housing which for out tenants wouldn’t be available without HOPE—which helps to plays a major role in this.”
Join Bob in becoming an Ambassador 5 Circle member by committing to a $5,000 or more annual gift and receive the following recognition and benefits:
Invitation to annual Ambassador 5 Circle recognition event
Appropriate recognition throughout the year in HOPE’s publications, website, and social media
Donor highlight at future open-house event
Insider briefings on HOPE breaking news and activities
An Ambassador 5 Circle lapel pin
Drum roll please.......HOPE, Inc. is thrilled to officially release our newest promotional video! Our mission to create stable, affordable homes for people with developmental disabilities is so vital. It is important for us to spread the message about the positive impact we can create with the support our donors, volunteers, and community partners.
This video features parents speaking to their concerns about long-term housing for their children with I/DD and how HOPE offers peace of mind knowing that their loved ones will have safe, permanent housing after they are gone.
HOPE residents discuss their independence and how they spend their days making choices and living life to the fullest. "I like to to be independent," Jodi says, "I just kept working on moving out and talking to people I needed to talk to to be able to move out." She mentions how lucky she feels to have such a wonderful home in a great neighborhood at an affordable rent.
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Stable housing is essential to participation in most activities of daily life. HOPE offers that safe, stable housing that empowers our residents to reach their full potential and take advantage of all that life has to offer.
Through HOPE's three core housing models of 24 Hour Residential Care, Independent Living, and College to Career, we are changing lives!
To make a donation to support our important work, click here. We currently have more than 200 people with developmental disabilities standing by for their chance to move into a HOPE home.
HOPE is excited to announce the hiring of our new Director of Development & Asset Management, Daryl James. He is responsible for new project development and property management as well as oversight of all existing real estate assets. Daryl brings extensive experience in real estate, nonprofit management, and executive leadership. With his diverse background and unique skill sets he will propel our mission forward by executing new affordable housing development strategies and continuing our tradition of maintaining a portfolio of safe, stable, and healthy homes for those we serve.
Before joining HOPE, he served as the Executive Director at Rebuilding Together Long Beach where he coordinated more than 180 community revitalization projects in the city. He received his J.D. at USC and his B.S. in Finance from Howard University. In addition, Daryl completed the James Weldon Johnson Civil Rights Law Fellowship at the University of Miami in the summer of 2004. In 2015, he completed the Beyond the Basics Leadership Certificate Program, a pilot leadership training and educational program at California State University Long Beach. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Long Beach Institute class of 2015 and the Leadership Long Beach Executive Leadership Series class of 2016. Most recently, Mr. James was recognized as one of the “40 Under 40” by the Long Beach Post.
Ensuring that those HOPE serves have access to stable, safe, and affordable homes is the goal that HOPE staff and our donors in the community stand together to accomplish. In 2016 HOPE was grateful to receive $5,810 in donations to support our mission through our End-of-Year Giving Campaign. In 2017 we were blown away to receive more than $11,500-- doubling the total received during the previous year’s campaign. We cannot say thank you enough for our donors’ generosity.
Funds raised at the end of 2017 will go directly toward the purchase of two new housing locations and the renovation of five homes nearing completion.
We know that our donors do not take lightly the decision to give to a nonprofit organization. That is why we are so moved by the increase in community support for our cause.
Currently, HOPE provides homes for more than 300 people with developmental disabilities throughout Los Angeles County, but there are an additional 200 people who qualify for our housing who are standing by for our next location to open. Thank you for helping to make their dreams come true.
It’s not too late to support HOPE’s mission with an annual gift. Click here and help to create stable, affordable homes for people with developmental disabilities.
“She pays all of her bills online,” Emily’s mother Tammy chimes in, “She’s really good about rent. She’s on it and doing it all on her own.”
Emily sits in the living room of her new HOPE Independent Living Home with her mother and father Tom. She is polite and friendly and eager to speak about her recent move, her increased independence, and her next big steps in life.
For many parents, there is no guarantee that their children with developmental disabilities will grow up to live on their own. For Emily, her journey to acquire affordable housing and achieve greater self-reliance was not a straight path. “Earlier in Emily’s life we really questioned if she could live independently,” Thomas says, “but the more she developed and got into programs like [College to Career], the more she grew into the young woman she is today. They prepared her to do things like this.”
Emily now shares a three-bedroom HOPE home in Norwalk with two roommates. Their rent comes out to no more than 1/3 of their income. They take care of their household chores and utilize supported living services as needed through Harbor Regional Center.
Adults with developmental disabilities have the same goals as anyone. They desire dignity and opportunity to grow into self-reliant members of their community. HOPE believes that housing is foundational to this journey.
“A home means living independently,” says Emily.
One way HOPE and its donors support this dream is through the College to Career program. C2C homes are designed to offer dorm-like housing near Long Beach City College for students with special needs. During Emily’s time in the program, from 2014-2016, she received a full range of both on-campus and residential supports. Staff members were available on site and on campus to provide additional academic counseling and assistance with independent living skills.
For Emily, the C2C program was the final step in her journey toward housing independence. Earlier in life, she benefited from a high school life skills program that taught her budgeting and grocery shopping skills and the Torrance Transition program that taught her bus transportation and job readiness skills. Because of these programs, Emily is now thriving in her new environment.
“I like to make my own meals in the kitchen and to water the yard,” she says, “and then in my personal time I enjoy writing in my journal, watching movies, or reading books.”
Emily is now in the process of searching for a job—her next important life goal. Like many young adults who finish their college education and hope to enter the workforce, Emily is facing an uphill climb. “I’m still job hunting,” she admits. “I’m waiting to hear back from my last interview.” She is optimistic though and determined to find work in her chosen industry of retail.
Tom is visibly proud of his daughter who has matured into an inspiring young woman. “I think her new living situation—and the independence and responsibility of running a home that comes along with it—is what is now giving her the confidence to go out and find a job.”
“That is how housing has influenced her,” he adds.
Emily’s future is truly bright. With the needed supported services through Harbor Regional Center and her stable, affordable housing through HOPE, she is on her way to living the life she always dreamed. “In the next few years, I’d like to be a married woman,” Emily shares, “and maybe taking care of my kids part-time and working part-time.”
HOPE believes in her ability to reach these goals, and we will be here every step of the way to ensure that her housing provides the stability needed to live life to the fullest.
Sadly, HOPE has a waiting list of more than 200 adults with developmental disabilities who are standing by for their chance to have a stable, affordable home to call their own. Join us in making their dreams a reality. Donate here.