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.
"There were six foot swells hovering above me on either side at mile 16 and it felt impossible to balance and stay standing. I believed that somehow the ocean would calm down if I just hung on. I couldn’t give up, I had to finish. It was the decision of helping HOPE and not letting people down that gave me the strength to paddle forward. Time seemed to have stood still and before I knew it I was running up the beach jumping for joy with my paddle in hand. I made it to the sand and the feeling was unbelievable."
- Robert Wasserman
Over 130 guests and volunteers beat the odds at HOPE’s Premiere Casino Speedway Night on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Pelican Parts Race Showroom in Harbor City.
The event raised nearly $40,000 which will be directed toward the purchase of a third College to Career property that will provide “dorm like” housing for ten Long Beach City College students with developmental disabilities. One student, Shaun Swersky, spoke eloquently of his living at one of the current C2C properties.
The stars of the evening were Wayne and Nori Dempsey who donated their private race car showroom space for the evening. Wayne, a connoisseur of race cars, displayed several of the outstanding cars in his private collection. HOPE is also grateful for the generosity of sponsors who supported the event and brought so many new people who found out about HOPE’s affordable housing programs for the first time.
The crowd enthusiastically participated in both games of chance and the Silent Auction.
Popular items in the Silent Auction were:
(1) A Romantic Gondola Ride in Huntington Harbor
(2) A two night stay at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach
(3) A series of wine classes at Total Wine plus dinner at Michael’s on Naples Ristorante
(4) Sailing excursion off Redondo Beach for eight people
(5) Tour for ten at Space X in Hawthorne
Thank you to the Casino Speedway Night Committee and all the volunteers who worked at the evening event. Thanks also to our many silent auction donors, our sponsors, and, of course, our guests.
If you couldn't attend Casino Speedway Night, you still have an opportunity to support other young people with development disabilities like Shaun who want to live independently while they attend college by making a generous gift to the College 2 Career program. To make a secure online donation, click on "DONATE NOW." Your generosity will make it possible for more young people with development disabilities to live in safe, affordable housing while they're attending classes at Long Beach City College. You'll be helping them build a future. Thank you.
HOPE (Home Ownership For Personal Empowerment, Inc.), is thrilled to present our premiere Casino Speedway Night fundraising event on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 5:30-10:00 p.m. at Pelican Parts Race Car Showroom, 1600 240th St., in Harbor City, 90710. The evening will feature hosted casino games where you can test your skills (and luck) for amazing prizes, along with a buffet and beer & wine bar, live music and a silent auction. Individual admission price is $100, with three sponsorship opportunities also available as described on the Invitation Flyer.
For secure, online registration and sponsorship purchase, please click here.
If you'd rather mail in your registration, print out the Invitation Flyer and mail in your completed ticket form with payment to the address on the ticket form.
If you'd like to volunteer, either to help set up, or during the event please click here.
TERRANEA SPA & RESORT INDULGENCE
Escape to a private peninsula paradise resort filled with classic elegance. Indulge yourself and your family with a get-away to the Terranea Spa & Resort with your $500 Gift Card. Los Angeles’ premier oceanfront resort, Terranea offers spectacular views of the Pacific and a full range of activities, including golf, Aqua Terre Adventures, and, of course, the sinfully delicious spa. Take along a bottle of 2009 Ravens Wood Cabernet Sauvignon Vintners Blend for a quiet end to a memorable day.
PRIVATE SPACEX GROUP TOUR FOR TEN
You and 9 space fans of any age will visit one of the most fascinating places on earth where the future of space travel is being developed today. Tom Mueller, Propulsion Chief Technical Officer and co-founder of SpaceX, will lead a private guided tour of the groundbreaking SpaceX facility in Hawthorne.
Anchors aweigh for you and up to 7 friends or family on a 4-hour sailing excursion off Redondo Beach. Complete with champagne and appetizers, your afternoon on the open sea might bring you face to nose with a whale or dolphin or two. Back on land, mellow out with a bottle of 2007 Alicats Syrah, a powerfully flavored, full-bodied varietal wine from San Benito, CA.
DODGER TICKETS PLUS PARKING
Cheer on the boys in blue as they battle the Cincinnati Reds, on Friday, August 14, 2015 at 7:10 pm at famed Dodger Stadium. Eat a Dodger dog, catch a foul ball, be a part of ‘the wave’, sing with the crowd during the 7th inning stretch, and catch the fireworks after the game from the field. Package includes four (4) tickets: Field level, Row H, plus parking in Lot F.
LAS VEGAS DESERT ROSE RESORT MINI-VACATION
Located 1.5 blocks from the Las Vegas Strip, the Desert Rose Resort is perfect for family vacations and group travel. Experience two nights in a two-bedroom, two-bath condominium with full kitchen, large balcony, swimming pool and hot tub. Each night in Las Vegas, you can enjoy a delicious dinner at Ruth Chris Steak House with a $100 gift card, and at Smith & Wolinsky Steakhouse with your two (2) $50 gift cards. Take along a bottle of 2011 Dry Pink Alicats Syrah for that extra special evening.
A special thank you to our event sponsors!
Meet Curtis, a young man focused on a bright future. Curtis always sets his sights on a goal and strives to reach it. In high school, Curtis was the wide receiver on his football team at Banning High School in Wilmington, CA. His most memorable and proudest moment came when he caught the football during a game and sprinted as fast as he could down the field for a 35-yard touchdown at the end zone. If you couldn’t tell already, he is an avid fan of football and draws inspiration from his favorite football player Andrew Luck, the starting quarterback of the Indiana Colts. Curtis utilizes his love and passion of sports as a driving force to propel him to reach his goals in life.
Before moving out, Curtis lived in the family home which he shared with three brothers and four older sisters. When he heard of the opening at Maidstone from his counselor, he was overjoyed at the opportunity of living in a HOPE property, which presented: a safe place to live with affordable rent.
Curtis recently finished his schooling at WYTECH with a certificate in heat and air-conditioning and is now seeking an opportunity to work as a technician. There is no doubt that Curtis will stay focused and strive through any obstacles in order to reach his next goal.
Ask Clark, if it’s broken, he can probably fix it. If you’re having problems with your car, Clark can tell you what might be wrong with it. Clark and his dad had made a hobby of fixing cars in the back yard of their home. Hopeless cased cars are their specialty: old beaten Ford vans and rusty Plymouth Trail Dusters just to name a few.
Try to guess what he studied while he was still in high school, auto mechanics? Yes. And he is also adding welding to his resume and expertise while attending Long Beach City College. After graduation, he plans to look for work as a mechanic or a welder at an auto body shop.
He loves living at Maidstone because he is experiencing living in his own space for the first time in his life. He has never had roommates before, but is enjoying getting to know Curtis and his other roommate. He is very grateful for HOPE and is extremely happy to have a place that he could call his own.
Moving into a new place can be a great and exciting new chapter in a person’s life. When beginning this huge transition, it becomes difficult to afford the furnishings needed to transform a house into a home. HOPE wants to be able to give our developmentally disabled residents the opportunity to feel at home like everybody else, but we can’t do it without your help. As we devote to make a difference and help our tenants reach their goals, may we ask that you consider supporting us through furniture donations?
Why not be the champion who purchases one of these items for these deserving tenants with developmental disabilities?
These Open House events not only commemorate project completions, but, more importantly, they acknowledge the beginning of a new life chapter for each resident who moves into one of these homes. Having a home is a personal victory for them; a challenge overcome, a stepping stone from which each of them can now begin to envision the next goal that might include employment, broader social relationships, and a real sense of integration into their community.
On Wednesday, April 22nd, HOPE (Home Ownership for Personal Empowerment) gathered with City of Norwalk Housing officials, commercial lenders, representatives from Harbor Regional Center and friends to celebrate the renovation completion of their third low and moderate income rental home in Norwalk. This property on Maidstone Avenue, like the two before it, is reserved specifically for people who have a developmental disability.
A large portion of the acquisition funds for the home were provided by the City of Norwalk. Said Kristin Maithonis, Norwalk Housing Manager, “These are funds that come from HUD and we work with non-profit housing developers to put the funds to work in the community. We love working with HOPE. They always finish their projects on time and within budget.”
The rest of the home’s purchase was made possible by generous HOPE donors. The renovations for the home were provided by a grant from the Ahmanson Foundation.
Over 30 guests watched on Wednesday as Norwalk Housing Manager Maithonis, HOPE volunteer and former board member Phil Appleby and HOPE Executive Director Kristin Martin cut the ribbon, signaling final sign off on the job. Mr. Martin thanked the team at HOPE for their dedication and expressed particular thanks to the City of Norwalk. “Without you,“ he said, “this project, this new home, would not have been possible. Our thanks to you and our good friends at the Harbor Regional Center for so embracing our mission.”