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Causes: Adult Education, Education

Mission: H.O.P.E, Inc's mission is to serve low-income single parents working to obtain a college degree by providing assistance in subsidized housing, child care assistance, social services, and life skills.

Results: We spent a lot of time fundraising and obtaining partnerships with like-missioned organizations. We have assisted 10 single parent families YTD and have successfully piloted our program.

Target demographics: Low-income single parents between the ages of 25-40 enrolled in a 2-4 year college; however if the single parent meets our qualifications and are not within this age bracket we will consider their application.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 10

Geographic areas served: Gwinnett, Cobb, Fulton, Dekalb, Clayton, and the metro Atlanta community as priority. Some out of state applications accepted on an emergency assistance basis as funding permits.

Programs: Rent & Childcare Assistance, Social Services, and Life-Skills Training.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Shon O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

First and foremost H.O.P.E. Inc exceeds 5 Stars. Too bad that is the limit that we can rate. This is how a nonprofit organization should be ran. This organization is not only professionally operated, but it is operated with compassion, standards, and love. Hope isn't just a staff or team, they operate like a family unit. The first person I spoke to whom name is Charmaine was such a sweetheart. Very pleasant and happy to want to help. I didn't get that feeling of just being another number or statistic. I didn't get treated like a failure or burden. I was encouraged from day one by her and lifted up. Some of us been getting beat down. let down, and ran down. H.O.P.E. Inc doesn't waste anytime in evaluating your situation. The President CEO Kenita Lewis is such a blessing and has a heart of Gold. That heart of gold trickles down into everyone else that is working with her. You will get more than you expect from H.O.P.E. H.O.P.E. Inc is out help and empower single parents whom are working F/T and in school F/T. What I love about H.O.P.E. is that they don't just want to assist you. They don't want to just give you money and let you be. They truly want to empower you. They don't want all the hard work of a single parent whom is in school and work be in vain. We know when we are financially strapped, it is hard for us to concentrate and focus on things. Our grades can be effected along with our job performance, and parenting. Hope even offers counseling to their candidates. H.O.P.E. offers financial education to their clients as well. I mean some of us aren't as financially educated as we can be. They use Dave Ramsey whom is a great teacher on fiances using Biblical principles. Another thing I am so thankful for and love about H.O.P.E. Inc is that they don't discriminate. I am a single father and let me tell you. I am working on my Bachelor's Degree in Religious Studies. I have had doors slammed in my face and denied help just because I am a man. I have gotten strung along in the family court system, child support system, and financial help system. I have gotten the, "You're a man attitude" so you don't need our help. Not with H.O.P.E. Inc though. I was embraced with love and so welcomed. They welcomed me with open arms and didn't make me feel like less of a man because of my current situation which is turning around. H.O.P.E. Inc isn't just a nonprofit organization to me. They are an answer to my prayers from God. I know everybody isn't a believer, but I truly am and H.O.P.E. strengthens my belief. When I was down and out, I didn't give up, I found Hope :-) Hold on and don't give up, there is and always H.O.P.E. May H.O.P.E. Inc continue to empower and trail blaze the way. I hope other nonprofit organizations learn from this one. Last but not least I am honored to be the very first single father with H.O.P.E. Inc. I am truly blessed and humbled because only God could have directed my steps to a nonprofit organization like this.

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kpiercelewis Thank you for such a glowing review! We are so excited to have you on board and we really appreciate you taking the time out to write this detailed and amazing review. Your the greatest!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hello all I am very new to this program. I would like to say thank you! As a single parent of two, with one child that has special needs it is such a blessing to be apart of an organization that has a lot to offer. Many opportunities have opened up for me as a I walk this journey. It won't be easy but with the support of Hope Inc my mind is at ease.

1 LaVerne M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

H.O.P.E Inc. Has been a blessing to my family being a single mom of five the program has helped me I struggled form month to month was served evitions were I had to pay so my family and I wouldn't be evicted from our apartment. I do believe this program is a blessing from God because he placed and awesome founder and owner over the organization. Mrs. Kenita is an awesome woman of God who helps single parents succeed with a positive vision. She dont only focus on our jobs but our education as well and also have other staff and organizations who also believe in the H.O.P.E. vision and work with single parents to reach their goals in life. Struggling with rent , having financial issues, and trying to work manage school and my family this program has motivated me and hearing the testimony of the founder Mrs. Kenit's Lewis has motivated me as a single mom to keep my head up and I can make it I can do all things. I lost three love ones my mom on December 1,2015 to my oldest sister May 11, 2016 and then my father on August 13,2016. I felt there was no hope for me but meeting Mrs. Kenita and the H.O.P.E. family has giving me hope to achieve and hope to succeed. I am so grateful for this program and how it helps and inspiRE us I am ready to succeed so I can give back and help others also. It deserves five stars and more. GREAT ORGANIZATION.

Taylor25

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being a single mother trying to better myself presents countless obstacles to overcome. Basic government benefits are unavailable to me because I am in school! HOPE Inc gives me more than just empowerment. HOPE Inc brings me peace of mind that spreads out into all areas of my life. It is a true blessing!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program has helped me and my children in so many ways,we are truly blessed to have them. My oldest daughter is in the 11th grade and this program have given her hope and I'm so thankful. My daughter saw how hard I was struggling with work and school before entering the program and determined that college wasn't an option for her. We joined hope and she know now that she can go to school and become anything she dream of becoming, my debt and my mistakes didn't get the best of me because of this program and now all five of my kids have plans for college.
I love the president as well as her awesome team, they all have nothing but love for every participant in their program. They inspire me I so many ways, they make me want to give my all and then some because they truly believe in me. Thank you Hope for being the biggest motivation to me and my children. Yes they even impact my kids in a major way, they offer tutors as well as counseling for my children and having that matters a whole lot when you have had a hard time in life. Hope kept my dream alive even when I stopped dreaming and I hope and pray that they continue to do that for many families. I love how the president Kenita is so involved with the participants, I must say I have never seen anything like her, she don't mind listening to me whine on and on all she do is give me determination and the will to keep going, thank you Kenita for just being you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work that Kenita is doing through H.O.P.E., Inc. will have an impact on communities for generations to come. An excellent organization that inspires people to better their lives through education. Hats off to Kenita and everyone at H.O.P.E., Inc.!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

H.O.P.E has inspired and motivated me to not only continue striving toward my goal but also to pay it forward.!!!!thank you Kenita and especially Charmaine!!!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HOPE is a great program. I have worked with them personally and professionally and their program is to notch. There is nothing out here like it that exists and the Owner/Director has a heart for the people and passion for the participants. I love what she is doing and pray their continued success.

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Donor

Rating: 5

H.O.P.E. gives hope to single parents who thought they'd never be able to go back to school. H.O.P.E. is a phenomenal nonprofit who's leadership is passionate and purposeful about the success of its participants. The nonprofit is continually expanding in its service offering, and from my vantage point, will go far in accomplishing its mission.

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kpiercelewis 08/11/2014

Thank you!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with HOPE, Inc. as a consultant, helping the Executive Director redefine the organization's mission, goals, and measurable objectives, and also creating a strategic evaluation plan. I am so impressed by how far HOPE has come in the short time it has been serving. It has already made a huge difference in the lives of single-parents attending college. I believe this organization has a huge potential to serve many in this local community, and eventually the program can be effectively duplicated in other markets. I am extremely impressed by the Executive Director and her tenacity to keep things moving and growing. HOPE, Inc. is and will be a success in producing measurable outcomes.

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kpiercelewis 07/31/2014

Wow! Amazing! Thank you!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I got the opportunity to work with H.O.P.E's leader, Kenita Pierce-Lewis, and from the start it was clear that her work was significant. Not only is HOPE's mission an admirable one, but the management is simply incredible. I have had the opportunity to work alongside several non-profits, and I review their work as a job; and I must say that this organization's work is outstanding. HOPE's work is good as the leadership has clearly taken the time to research what is effective (something which is absolutely essential for running a non-profit), and their humble yet bold approach is just what marginalized single parent's need. They work beyond merely providing for their clients by implementing a program that empowers those who take part in it.

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kpiercelewis 07/30/2014

Thank you so much!

1 SDowdley

Board Member

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to work with HOPE this year. This is a wonderful organization that is truly making a difference in the lives of many people. The more I learn about HOPE and its impact on the community, the more passionate it makes me about its mission and vision.

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kpiercelewis 07/25/2014

Thank you Steven! You are a great blessing! Thank you for your support.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work for Georgia State University and Kenita Pierce-Lewis reached out to me looking for referrals for single parent students that she could assist with her services. I was more than happy to connect her to one of our Social Work professors who knew of students who could benefit from HOPE. Imagine how happy and surprised our students were to receive support and encouragement as they worked hard to complete their education with the added responsibility of being a single parent!

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kpiercelewis 07/25/2014

Thank you so much Leslie! It has been great working with you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the opportunity to work with HOPE as a consultant. It was my pleasure to help this great organization reach its potential and serve more and more families each year.

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kpiercelewis 07/21/2014

Thank You Nancylyn for your review! I truly appreciate all of your consulting advise and your donations to our organization! We look forward to breaking the cycle of poverty with you!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have the privillage to work with HOPE as a community partner. I have been impressed with this agency from the first day I sat down with the founder Kenita Piecre-Lewis. The work HOPE is doing to assist those that are working to better their lives is nothing short of amazing and I looking to reading more succuss stories.
Keep up the wonderful work!

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kpiercelewis 07/21/2014

Thank you Lynnette! It has been an honor to work with you! Thank you so much!

Trey T.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is a privilege to be associated with HOPE. The lifelong difference the organization will make in the lives of the single parents that it works with and their children is a true blessing. I wish people interested in making a difference in our community could see how much integrity, preparation and effort the organization puts into its activities in support of these parents.

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kpiercelewis 07/25/2014

Thank you Trey! We appreciate your support and service!

Keenya M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a single mom of three children. I am presently enrolled in college where I am getting a Bachelor's Degree. It has been very challenging for me to juggle home, self, school, and keep a steady income coming in so that mine and the children needs are met. I don't have the help of the boys father at all. I am a hairstylist by trade. I was talking to one of my clients one day and she is older than I am, and she knew something was wrong with me. So, she told me about this great organization that could possibly help take the stress off me while I was trying to make a better life for my family. Well, needless to say, I applied for the program. I got to share, along with the other women, in the stress-reliving programs. I didn't know that people cared that much! I also am learning better to manage my money with the Dave Ramsey system that they gave to all of us. They prayed for me and with me. Hope Inc has changed my life so much, for the better. This organization really cares. I couldn't have believed that my prayers for support and loving people could show up in this way. I am so grateful to have this opportunity to spread the word about Hope Inc, because they really help you to see the light at the end of the tunnel!

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kpiercelewis 11/06/2013

Thank you for your review Keenya! We enjoy having you in our program and watching your growth!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is not just a nonprofit, this is an organization that works hard and geninuely cares about people. It strives to not just donate money but donate time and connect with people to help in all aspects of life. It is about growth.
I was one of these single parents and could still be one of these single parents. Any of us could be and that is were the compassion lies in the heart of understanding and knowing the struggle of life with children, school and work. It is an Awesome feeling to Geninuely know you have made a difference and are apart of a life changing experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non-profit is run by an incredibly driven, compassionate, hard-working individual. Her passion shows in the emails and numerous different events the organization participates in. She cares for her clients and tries to provide whole-life support. A wonderful group!

Deon L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a product of a single parent household I seen firsthand the struggles of a mother having to do it all. Single parents has to sacrifice so much and many times that sacrifice is education. So to be apart an organization that has such a major impact on the family dynamic by breaking the cycle of what usually leads to poverty, is such a great and rewarding feeling. To see so many stories of success that not only effect the individual participant but that child and eventually the community at large. HOPE inc is doing just that providing hope by Helping Other People Be Empowered.