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.
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.
by IAN NEVAREZ
“People with developmental disabilities live everywhere,” says Kristin Martin, Executive Director of HOPE, Inc. “That’s why we are intentional in our strategy to create affordable housing options where they live, in as many unique communities as possible. So we are thrilled to be opening up our first homes in the historic Wilmore neighborhood of Long Beach.”
This new housing opens in summer 2019 and is located on Daisy Avenue less than one mile from downtown. The location, with convenient access to transportation and services, is ideal for HOPE residents. The property will be home to seven individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD), and was completed in partnership with Harbor Regional Center, Long Beach Development Services, the Long Beach Community Investment Company, and California MENTOR. The site consists of five units that will serve seven residents, while one unit is reserved as an office for supported living services staff.
These homes are being made available for individuals who desire to live more independently than their current housing arrangement. This will mean that adults who are currently living with their aging parents, in 24-hour residential care group homes, or in other types of state-run institutions, will have the opportunity to live with greater self-reliance.
There is an urgency to build more of this type of housing. A recent survey of 102 people with I/DD, conducted by the State Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Lanterman Housing Alliance, found that 85% of respondents living with their parents reported a desire to live independently alone or with roommates. These individuals reported limited finances, lack of affordable housing options, and lack of accessible housing as the barriers to their ability to achieve these housing goals. If that percentage is reflective of a larger desire in this population, the units needed to meet demand throughout the state could be in the tens of thousands.
As was mentioned, this new HOPE housing is located in the Willmore City historic district, which was first developed by early city pioneer William E. Willmore in the late 19th century from a subdivision of Rancho Los Cerritos. It is the site of the original township of Willmore City and contains Drake Park named for Colonel Charles Rivers Drake, developer of the Pike amusement complex and the Knoll Park housing development. Part of this area became a historic district—Long Beach’s first—in 1978; since then the residents have been preserving and protecting it. The entire neighborhood now enjoys the protection of the historic designation.
As a now proud member of this community, HOPE made certain that the entirety of our renovation plan conformed to the neighborhood’s historic preservation guidelines. Here is a link to the districts website (https://willmorecity.org/). During the renovation process, HOPE preserved the porches on all units, the columns on the front of the main house, the wood siding on all three units, the stairways, wooden windows, wooden fencing, concrete pathways and the exterior tri-color scheme.
With renovations completed in mid-April, resident interviews were coordinated immediately by California MENTOR. California MENTOR is a nonprofit organization with the mission to offer adults innovative, quality services and supports that lead to growth and independence, regardless of the physical, intellectual or behavioral challenges they face. Moving forward, they will be onsite during work days to provide the needed supported living services for HOPE’s newest residents on Daisy Ave.
This type of housing is so important for the security and quality of life of people with I/DD. Like current HOPE resident, Jody, who in the past bounced around between different expensive housing options and feared that she would never find a safe, stable, long-term home that was affordable. Her parents confessed that they were concerned for their daughter and not certain what Jody would do once they were no longer able to take care of her. Luckily she found HOPE and has been a tenant with our organization for more than 20 years. “I never thought I would live in such nice housing,” says Jody, “and it’s actually affordable.”
Additional collaborators on this project include, First Republic Bank, Dilworth Construction, real estate agent Todd McIntosh, Appleby Property Management, Gonzalez Construction, and architects Brad Fowers and Brian Noteware. Finally, the Long Beach Water department in February completed an installation of a new drought-tolerant landscape in the front yard. This garden was a generous donation through their DIG program. HOPE is always looking for ways to utilize sustainable housing practices and asset management in our portfolio.
To support HOPE’s ambitious goal to house 250 additional people with developmental disabilities by 2025, please contribute here.