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.
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.
Long Beach—On a beautiful Monday morning in November, Home Ownership for Personal Empowerment, Inc. (HOPE) hosted its 10th Annual Charity Golf Classic at Virginia Country Club in Long Beach. With over 30 sponsors, including a $15k sponsor California MENTOR and five $10k sponsors City National Bank, Patricia Del Monico, Ambitions CA, Integrated Life, and Social Vocation Services, this event raised more than $180K to provide stable, affordable homes for adults with developmental disabilities.
The theme of this year’s event was Creating Independence. Funds raised will go toward providing homes that empower those who are most vulnerable in our society to become valuable, contributing members of their communities. HOPE believes that housing is foundational in everyone’s life and when our residents are no longer forced to worry about where they will live and sleep, their energies–and savings–can be freed to focus on work, school, volunteer service, and fostering social relationships.
This sold-out event saw 144 golfers from the local business and philanthropic communities come together in competition to support this vital cause. Tournament Committee Member Forrest Riopelle of City National Bank spoke on why this event is so meaningful, “I personally, and City National Bank, have supported HOPE for years because we believe that the work they’re doing is essential to creating opportunities for people with developmental disabilities." He continued, "Their mission is also just great for the community, as their homes end up being the most beautiful and well-maintained properties on a block.”
This event culminated in a tournament dinner, emceed by ABC7 Sports Anchor Rob Fukuzaki, with guest speaker Cristina Sanz from the award-winning A&E docuseries, “Born This Way.” Cristina discussed how housing was instrumental in her personal growth. “My biggest dream is to be independent,” Cristina said. “And thanks to HOPE I am living my dream. When I was young, I dreamed of my own apartment. That dream became real nine months ago when I moved into my HOPE home.”
Since establishing the tournament ten years ago, HOPE has raised more than $1.2M to support affordable housing projects. This funding has a very real impact on our mission. During the evening dinner program, HOPE Executive Director Kristin Martin announced the progress made over the past several years to close in on an important organization goal. “I am happy to update you today that because of your support in recent years, HOPE has reached 88% of our 2014 goal to house 80 additional residents by the end of 2018. To date, we have created homes for 71 residents since 2014.” Once completed, this achievement will have nearly doubled HOPE's housing capacity over a four year period.
This day would not have been possible without the golfers, dinner attendees, sponsors, donors, and community volunteers who came together to make this event one of the premier charitable golf tournaments in the region. More than fifty volunteers from all across Los Angeles County serve at the event in registration, as cashiers, on the course, and in raffle ticket sales. “Day of” donations at the tournament surpassed $15K due to their passionate efforts.
Community members interested in supporting the mission of HOPE can find out more information on how to volunteer, attend future events, or donate to our End-of-Year Giving Campaign at www.hope-homes.org.
Each year HOPE is amazed by the support we receive during our End-of-Year Giving campaign. Community donors truly are champions for our cause. Funds donated during the holiday giving season are critical to our mission, so we would like to take this opportunity to thank you ahead of time for your generosity. In 2016, HOPE raised nearly $6,000 through end-of-year giving activities. Help us reach this year’s increased goal of $9,000!
Funds received at the end of 2016 were put to immediate work renovating our newest homes on Banner Avenue in Long Beach, Clark Avenue in Long Beach, and Rosecrans Avenue in Norwalk.
Our 2017 campaign will include several opportunities for you to contribute to our cause. Beginning in late September, a letter written by former HOPE resident and current Board Member Mead Duley will be mailed informing about the launch of the campaign and requesting an annual gift. This will be followed by an email request for support that will allow for easy online giving. Next, a series of social media posts centered around #GivingTuesday will offer ways for donors to contribute through Facebook. Lastly, a volunteer led phone bank will reach out to prospective donors with calls for support.
As mentioned, we will once again participate in #GivingTuesday, a day of philanthropic celebration taking place on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. The event kicks off the charitable season when many people focus on their holiday giving and are searching for different ways to be generous. Remember to consider HOPE!
During this year’s campaign, our HOPE Helps Gift Catalog will allow donors to choose a home gift item or renovation project to benefit our residents, while simultaneously honoring a loved one with a free personalized card. Items can be selected that improve mobility for our residents, such as ADA sinks, ramps, and widened doorways. Other options will go to support increased self-reliance, like washers & dryers, stoves, or dishware. Lastly, some gifts help with building a sense of community and assisting with socialization, like patio furniture, sofas, or dining room furniture. Consider this new way to support HOPE in place of traditional gifts to friends and family members for birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays.
Donate today and become a hero in the lives of our residents! Your contribution will directly empower HOPE to create more housing stability for those most vulnerable in our communities. This generosity truly makes dreams come true. HOPE looks forward to continuing our collective mission together in the coming year!
Donate through the HOPE Helps Gift Catalog in lieu of a traditional gift to a loved one this holiday season. Make your gift here today, and a personal card will be mailed to your honoree notifying them of the donation made in their name.