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 is excited to announce the hiring of our new Communications & Fundraising Coordinator, Lauren Quijano. She is responsible for creating compelling communications content for the organization and assisting with fundraising campaigns and events. Lauren brings extensive experience serving nonprofits and city agencies in the areas of public health and housing. Her background in community organizing brings dynamic skill sets that will amplify the voices of individuals that HOPE is committed to serving: “As a health advocate, I understand that having safe and affordable housing is crucial for our communities to thrive. I am proud to join HOPE in advancing our mission to empower the community, and I look forward to helping our residents live independently and with dignity.”
Before joining HOPE, Lauren served as the health justice community organizer with a public interest law firm in New York City and worked on campaigns related to healthy accessible housing. In 2018, Lauren joined the coalition for Asthma Free Homes contributing to the passing of Local Law 55 which amended the administrative code in NYC to prevent indoor asthma allergen hazards. In a previous role as a Tenant Support Specialist in NYC, Lauren helped over 120 tenants maintain safe and affordable housing. She served as a lead participant to the Community Health Worker Learning Collaborative under New York City’s Department of Health, creating curriculum for improving health equity across NYC. Lauren is a certified Mental Health First Aid USA Instructor. She received her Global Leadership certificate at UC Irvine. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Public Health Policy and International Studies from UC Irvine.
To support HOPE in our mission, please consider making a donation today. Click here to go to our donation page.
by Ian Nevarez
This past year – because of our donors, community partners, and volunteers – HOPE has been successful in accomplishing many amazing housing outcomes for people with developmental disabilities. In 2019 alone, we added seven new units of affordable housing to our portfolio, preserved six 24-hour residential care homes, and opened two new supported living locations. These accomplishments were made possible in part because of the funds raised during our 2018 End-of-Year Giving Campaign.
This year we hope to, once again, supercharge our 2020 objectives by raising more than $10K between now and December 31st. Donations received during this campaign will directly fund renovations at our newest property on Clark Ave in Long Beach. These units are scheduled to open in 2020 and will be home to six people with developmental disabilities moving out of less-independent settings.
Our campaign starts on September 19th when HOPE participates in Long Beach Gives (LBG), a day of giving designed to spread awareness for some of Long Beach's finest charitable organizations. HOPE’s participation in LBG is an opportunity for those that live, work, or play in Long Beach to give back to organizations they love within that community. Please donate on 9/19/19 or create a personal fundraising page connected to supporting our goal at https://www.longbeachgives.org/team/hope-inc.
Beyond this exciting inaugural appeal from HOPE’s End of Year Giving Campaign, we will offer many additional ways for community members to help us reach our fundraising goal. In October, HOPE constituents will receive a letter and email from long-time HOPE advocate Mercedes Lowery, who will share her reasons for supporting our work over the past 25 years and provide recipients an opportunity to give. This letter will be followed by #GivingTuesday on December 3rd, which will give donors another way to contribute online or through Facebook. #GivingTuesday is a day of philanthropic celebration taking place on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. Remember to consider HOPE! Donations can be made here: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/hope_donate.
Lastly, in mid-December, our HOPE Helps Gift Catalog will be emailed to our supporters, allowing them the chance to choose a home gift item or renovation project to benefit our residents, while simultaneously honoring a loved one with a free personalized holiday card.
Please donate today and become a hero in the lives of our residents! Your contribution directly enables HOPE to more quickly renovate and open our newest stable, affordable housing location on Clark Avenue in Long Beach.
To access the many ways to support this End-of-Year Giving Campaign, click here.
by Ian Nevarez
For more than two decades, Pam Muir has been a tireless advocate for people with developmental disabilities. In the formal capacity as a conservator for this population at Inland Regional Center she has championed their rights, and by sitting on boards of nonprofit organizations she has steered support in their direction. Currently, Pam is a Board Member for the Del Harbor Foundation that has contributed nearly $600k to the mission of HOPE since 2012. She has also been a direct donor to our cause. Since 1999, she has given more than $15,000 of her personal finances to HOPE. Her most recent gift came earlier this year and was in the amount of $5,000. This gift qualified her for our Ambassador 5 Circle.
Members of HOPE’s Ambassador 5 Circle are among some of our most important donors. They are bound together by a shared commitment to HOPE’s mission of providing stable, affordable housing for adults with developmental disabilities. This select group of individuals and companies has committed $5,000 or more to our work, allowing us to move quickly when extraordinary opportunities arise.
Pam is an inspiration to our team. Her most recent donation empowers those which we serve to live with increased independence as active and contributing members of their community. Thank you, Pam, for helping HOPE change people’s lives.
If you are interested in supporting the creation of future HOPE homes, please consider joining the Ambassador 5 Circle here.
by Ian Nevarez
HOPE is honored to have such an accomplished community member joining our Board of Directors. Jim Haney has been a long-time supporter of HOPE and our mission to create stable, affordable homes for people with developmental disabilities. “I have known Jim for many years and he has always demonstrated a real empathy and generosity when it comes to supporting those in need,” says Executive Director Kristin Martin. “I’m absolutely thrilled to have him joining the team.”
Mr. Haney is a 33 year veteran of the banking industry. He began his banking career in 1985 at Bank of America and is now the Executive Vice President of Commercial and Specialty Banking at Opus Bank. He is an alumnus of the University of Utah and lives today in Manhattan Beach. Currently Mr. Haney also sits on the Board of the Foundation for the Los Angeles Community Colleges.
“I’m excited to support the work of HOPE because I know how important having a stable home is to everyone’s life,” says Mr. Haney. “I’m ready to help in any way I can.”
HOPE looks forward to his leadership and growing our impact in the community together.
by Ian Nevarez
LONG BEACH: We were deeply moved on June 26th by the outpouring of support that HOPE received at the grand opening of our newest homes on the 100 block of Redondo Avenue. Thank you to those in attendance, volunteers, and of course our many project partners. This day would not have been possible without you. Our guests heard from Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilwoman Suzie Price, HRC Executive Director Pat Del Monico, and many others about how important housing like this is for the community and specifically for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
This rehabilitated, six-units of housing is now home to seven low-income adults with I/DD. while one onsite unit is reserved for supportive living service staff. The project was funded with support from the City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Community Investment Company, as well as foundation grants from Bank of the West, Wells Fargo, Bess J. Hodges Foundation, Union Bank, The Ahmanson Foundation, Del Harbor Foundation, and Opus Bank. On-site services will be made available to residents through Harbor Regional Center and Ambitions CA.
To learn more about this project and the housing needs of people with developmental disabilities, read this excellent article published in the Long Beach Post: Five-unit affordable housing complex for adults with disabilities to open
To find out more about our grand opening celebration and one of our newest residents, read the below article published in the Press-Telegram: Long Beach opens HOPE on Redondo, a new five-unit affordable complex for adults with special needs
With your support, HOPE will continue to pursue our important mission with a sense of urgency, passion, and integrity.