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 are so many wonderful reasons to give to HOPE this Holiday Season. Of course, this time of year is always a good time to give to make sure that you have a tax deduction before the year ends, but giving to HOPE can provide so much for so many.
Your gift can help some of these areas, all of which are current needs for HOPE:
We hope you will join millions of people on Giving Tuesday, and in your giving select HOPE as a charity of choice for your year-end donation.
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We hope you enjoy a wonderful Holiday Season!
We are delighted to announce that HOPE was awarded additional funds to purchase more housing in the City of Norwalk. In October the city notified HOPE that they are making funding of up to $560,000 to be used towards the purchase and renovation of additional units in Norwalk.
Currently HOPE own three properties in the city: one which has been the home to three tenants for several years, our latest renovation project which opened on September 25th and is now fully occupied, and a third property which is not beginning the renovations phase.
We couldn't be more grateful to be able to serve more people with developmental disabilities through the generosity of Norwalk. We are currently looking for the right properties for our tenants and will surely provide updates in the coming weeks with our progress.
HOPE Thanks the Following Sponsors of the 2014 Golf and Tennis Classic held on November 3, 2014! Thanks to your generosity, HOPE raised over $130,000. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will help to provide a source of funds for upcoming HOPE developments within the College to Career (C2C) program. The Sponsors and their websites are listed below:
California MENTOR - www.ca-mentor.com/
Joe Giacomin of Martin Chevrolet - www.martinchevrolet.com/
Eric and Stephen Choi – www.causemobile.com
City National Bank – https://www.cnb.com/
Aacres, CA LLC - www.aacresllc.com/
Cambrian Homecare - www.cambrianhomecare.com/
Corina De Leon, Integrated Life, LLC
Del Harbor Foundation - www.delharbor.com/
Patricia Del Monico
Bob McGuire, Pathway, Inc.
Pelican Parts, Inc. - www.pelicanparts.com/
Social Vocational Services - www.svsinc.org
Ambitions, California - www.ambitions.org
Appleby Property Management, Inc. - www.applebypropertymanagement.com
Ricardo and Minnie Banos
Dilworth Construction Company
Gary Geer, Southern California Behavioral Counseling –
Gonzales Construction Company
Life Steps Foundation - lifestepsfoundation.org
Modern Support Services
So Cal Office Technologies - www.socal-Xerox.com
Westside Investment Management - www.westsideim.com/
Windes - www.windes.com
Gregory Andres, G&C Adult Residential Facility, Inc.
Brown & Brown of California - www.bbsocal.com
California Credit Union - www.californiacu.org
Carrie Carothers, DeLeon Billy, LLC
Clearinghouse CDFI - www.clearinghousecdfi.com
Peggie De Leon, De Leon Homes
Dungarvin CA LLC - www.dungarvin.com
Easter Seals Southern California - www.easterseals.com/southerncal/
Elegant Care, Pioneer Homes, Plaza de Madrid, Studebaker Homes
Farmers & Merchants Bank - https://www.fmb.com/
Harris Financial Advisors, Inc. - www.harrisfinancial.net
Alan and Janie Honeycutt
Jensen Cheng, LLP –
KEM Engineering/Kevcomp, Inc. - www.kemengineering.com/
King’s Hawaiian - www.kingshawaiian.com/
The Klabin Company - www.klabin.com
Marcum, LLP, Rob Babek, CPA - www.marcumllp.com
Robert Wasserman, Wasserman Commercial Real Estate
Web & IT Services, Inc. - www.ktwebsol.com
Fresh Oyster Appetizers, courtesy of Santa Monica Seafood, Inc.
Mickey’s Italian Deli, Hermosa Beach
The Original Giuliano’s Delicatessen and Bakery in Gardena
HOPE's 7th annual tournament at Rolling Hills Country Club on November 3rd saw another record breaking year. Not only did our participants help us to raise over $130,000, but they also had a great time doing it. As Terri Nishimura, one of our golfers from Pediatric Therapy Network, said: "This is the best tournament ever!" Emcee Rob Fukuzaki, ABC Channel 7's Sports Anchor, returned for his fourth year and opened the event, played in the tournament, and also kept things festive and entertaining during the evening program.
Our auction boasted an amazing assortment of items for bid including a VIP L.A. Kings package, great trips, country-club foursomes, top of the line golf items, jewelry, restaurants and cultural events, and other specialty packages from massage to personal trainers. In total over $16,000 was raised through the live and silent auctions. The opportunity drawings for both Pebble Beach and Hawaii raised almost $7,000. Proceeds from this year's tournament will help HOPE to purchase an apartment building for the College to Career (C2C) program.
Our guest speaker this year was Sam: a C2C student who will graduate in December with a degree in communications. Dana Delman, from California Mentor--this year's Title sponsor--shared information about the program and introduced Sam. Sam shared his experiences and told the audience about the impact that the program has made for him by giving him the support and direction he needed to find success.
"I thought I would be living with my parents until I was 40! It was exciting to have an affordable and furnished home to call my own. The rigorous hours of learning how to become independent, both at home and at school, has paid off. I've learned to cook: particularly steak, meatloaf, and shepherd's pie. I've learned to maintain a clean living space."
Since Sam's dream job is to become a sport-caster; you can imagine how thrilled he was when Rob Fukuzaki offered Sam and his family a tour of the ABC 7 studios and a visit to a live taping of the news cast!
Special recognition awards were presented to Harbor Regional Center's Executive Director Pat Del Monico for her years of support and for HRC's dedication to HOPE's mission, and also to Del Harbor Foundation board member Pam Muir for DHF's financial support of over $150,000 over the past several years for renovations and to sustain HOPE's operations.
HOPE's fund raising goal is $200,000 to provide funding for the purchase of more housing for the C2C students. Thanks to the tournament we are at 65% of the goal!!!
Our newest affordable home was officially opened Thursday, Sept. 25th in Norwalk. Mayor Marcel Rodarte cut the ceremonial ribbon to signify the opening of the home. Mayor Rodarte was even gracious enough to say the home was nicer than his own.
HOPE's affordable housing program is really at the heart of what HOPE does: providing low-cost, safe, high-quality housing for people with developmental disabilities. Tenants pay only thirty percent of their monthly income for rent and are able to live in homes where they may otherwise be paying triple the rent amount. The house in Norwalk includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two separate kitchens.
"People with developmental disabilities have very limited options for homes which are not only affordable, but also accommodate their physical needs," Kristin Martin, HOPE Executive Director, said. "It has truly been a gift to be able to partner with the City of Norwalk on these two homes and increase affordable living options for people with developmental disabilities. This is the second home HOPE owns in Norwalk; the other was purchased in 2006 and is the home for three tenants. HOPE has one more home to develop in Norwalk, which should be completed in January of 2015, and has also submitted an application to the city for one more. With the three homes HOPE currently now owns in Norwalk, HOPE is able to provide affordable housing to a total of nine tenants."
All of this growth is the result of the HOPE Board's commitment to continue to expand its offerings to HOPE's tenants. The Board launched a Capital Campaign in 2013 for the acquisition of properties with a goal of providing capacity for 15 additional people. The addition of these two homes in Norwalk brings HOPE to 40 percent of its goal.
"This is perfect. This is what we're really looking for for our clients," Pat Del Monico, executive director of the Harbor Regional Center (HRC), said about the Norwalk home. "It's the future we want." HRC is responsible for helping with the day-to-day well being of developmentally disabled clients. HRC, HOPE and Norwalk teamed up to make this project happen. Kristin Maithonis, Norwalk's housing manager, worked diligently to make sure funds of over $260,000 were approved to go toward the acquisition of the home.
"It's about making sure the money goes to the right place, and we were sure HOPE was the right organization," Maithonis said. "We hope we can do more affordable housing in the future."
It took the hard work and generosity of many different people and organizations to reach the end of this project in Norwalk. Generosity from organizations like the Del Harbor Foundation, which provided funds for the renovation, and also donations from our donors and friends who provided furnishings for the home.
With this home completed, and tenants moving in very soon, HOPE will turn its focus to remodeling the next home in Norwalk, which was purchased several months ago. The plans are just being finalized by the city and construction will start in October with tenants moving in by January, 2015. HOPE will continue to work with cities and other agencies to expand its affordable housing portfolio to meet the need of the over 150 people on its waiting list.
If you would like to help HOPE provide housing for people with developmental disabilities, please check out the Capital Campaign section of the website.