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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services

Mission: Hope Mill was formed out of a commitment to help the homeless. We provide food and other basic necessities, along with a message of hope and an affirmation that people care. We assemble and distribute CarePacks filled with food, water, clothing and essential care items to homeless men, women and children in Southern California.

Target demographics: homeless men, women and children

Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands of men, women and children experiencing homelessness in CA -- both directly on the streets, and through shelters, food pantries, and other outreach organizations.

Geographic areas served: Southern California

Programs: CarePacks -- backpacks filled with non-perishable food, water, personal care items, clothing, blankets, and more!

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Mentor coordinator for Friends Outside Los Angeles, and Hope Mill Inc is making a powerful difference in the lives of the people we serve. They pack each bag with care and thought about the person who will be opening it, and treat each bag like a gift they would be proud to give their closest friend. They use their space well, and make the assembly process enjoyable and even moving for their volunteers. Their resources are well managed, and the entire process is filled with joy and excitement from their outreach to seeing clients carrying these bags with them long after the day they receive it. Wonderful people, wonderful environment, wonderful service to our community!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate to volunteer at Hope Mill for a few years. I have been able to help at the homeless connects and the backpacks that are handed out to the homeless are by far the hit of the day. They receive a blanket, food, clothing and health supplies including toothbrushes, shampoo, lotion and so much more. This is such a labor of love on Hope Mill's part and is really appreciated by the recipients. If you are looking for a great place to help, this is it!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family has volunteered with this organization since 2014; sadly the need for their services has only increased over the years. Hope Mill provides "Care Packs" with essentials for people living on the streets, many of them chronically homeless. This service is provided in a dignified, non-judgmental, non-preaching way to those who need.

We have volunteered at "assembly days" to put the Care Packs together. The time goes quickly, with snacks and great music in the background. We've met other "repeat volunteers" and everyone is friendly and easygoing. The volunteer days are now a regular fixture on our family calendar.

Hope Mill provides an important service as part of the overall effort to assist the homeless. This organization deserves continuing support and appreciation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Hope Mill last year, not knowing the extent of their commitment to reaching people in need. I have been very impressed with all they have achieved so far. They work non-stop, and the whole family is involved and committed to assisting as many people and families as they can. If you can help them in any way in reaching their goal, please do so!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely adore Hope Mill. It is one of a kind love provided for those in need. The homeless received beautiful care packages. The care packages are filled with all kind of necessities and wants any one could use and ask for. I volunteer as often as I can to pack them and the staff there are sure to be sure they are packed with an abundance of care and love to insure the essential care items are first packed with the care. My organization is one that works with the formally incarcerated whom are being released homeless and when I witness my clients receiving the essential basics and glowing and smiling from ear to ear it is very rewarding. They truly care at Hope Mill and you feel it in every part of their organization. ...the hope...the love...the joy... the care.THANKS HOPE MILL! your existing is EVERYTHING!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Hope Mill when I was looking for a worthy organization to which I could donate an abundance of travel-sized toiletries. Google indicated Hope Mill’s office is located close to where I live so I dropped off my donation, and asked a little more about the organization. My husband and I had been looking for a volunteer opportunity so we signed up for the backpack/care pack assembly, held monthly, to help assemble backpacks and care packs for the homeless. What a unique experience. Everything is very organized, and assembling is done with love and respect as volunteers are instructed to pack the supplies as if we were packing a gift.

Partnering with missions, shelters, and other organizations and agencies with a homeless outreach, Hope Mill not only provides food and other basic necessities for those who find themselves in unfortunate circumstances, but it also provides hope, and the knowledge that there are many who care. We are proud to be a small part of such a compassionate organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

very organized and a great group! I've been going for years and it's a great experience!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found a volunteer opportunity with Hope Mill via Meetup.com and decided to sign up. They are all-volunteer run and depend on mostly private donations for the care packs they distribute to people living on the streets and those in need. The distribution happens via other orgs they partner with, the work Hope Mill does is gathering the supplies and assembling them. I'm wary of finding events like this on the Internet because they are often run by religious organizations. I don't know if it is, but I didn't get any sense of that while I was there.

Everyone was really nice, just seemed like good people who want to do something kind for the community - families with young kids, people like me who came alone, folks who are regulars, pretty diverse. Pearl was super responsive to my questions and very friendly, you can tell this is a labor of love for her. Everything was organized, punctual, efficient, and it felt meaningful to put together 500 packs - exactly what I was hoping for. An afternoon well spent, I hope to come back next month. I also donated about $100 worth of in-kind supplies - I wasn't asked to, but it felt like a nice accompaniment to the volunteer time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hopemill is providing such a very much needed service and giving of love in our community. They bring heart and thought to the necessities of our community of homeless friends. I love volunteering with them and being within their loving energy!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hope Mill was founded to provide a small measure of hope and encouragement to those living on the street. Many of the homeless find themselves on the streets without any possessions or comfort items. Hope Mill has been widely acknowledged by those serving the homeless to fill that need. In addition to the direct street distributions, the CarePacks are utilized by many agencies and organizations with a homeless outreach -- using them as a bridge to establish communication. Once a relationship is forged, an effort can and often is, made to determine the needs of the individuals, with an eye toward identifying the resources needed to get them off the streets.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an outstanding outreach and successful effort reaching the countless rising numbers of our homeless in our communities today. Hope Mill far exceeds many other organizations in reaching the multitudes who struggle and are suffering in this very trying times of our economy, they far surpass many others I have seen , in that, many people are interested in volunteering at Hope Mill, because they are so organized so filled with genuine heart and care, and meet the basic needs of our precious homeless on a daily basis. I am hoping this organization will grow in leaps and bounds and cause a snowball effect around the world. Thank you Hope Mill for your heart for the homeless and the outreach that is reaching so many in need. God Bless you !

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You will not find a better-organized, more well thought-out organization and mission than Hope Mill. A joy to volunteer for-- I almost felt guilty for having so much fun! One of the only volunteer opportunities for kids as well as adults. My daughter and I will be back to learn and grow from this wonderful organization. Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An enormous thank you to Hope Mill for reminding me of what time well spent is as well as what's important in life: people helping people. An amazing organization which I deeply hope lives long and continues prospering!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My family has been volunteering at this non profit organization for about 2 years now and we enjoy it every time especially because when we finish packing our goal of 300-400 backpacks for the homeless we feel a sense of accomplishment that we did something to help someone in need. My kids especially learn the meaning of teamwork, respect and cooperation and learn that lending a hand to others when needed is always appreciated!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great organization providing a much-needed service! Volunteering at Hope Mill is rewarding and fulfilling.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SB 82 Mobile Triage Team would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm thank you and recognition of Hope Mill, Inc. Care Pack programs generous support of the invaluable Care Packs donation provided to SB 82 Mobile Triage Team. Our Mobile Triage Team recognizes the amazing work of Hope Mill Inc., coordination of donations, organizing the assembly of the Care Packs that provide such essential care items like something to eat and drink, a change of clothes, a warm blanket, and basic personal care items that make a major difference in someone's life. Our Mobile Triage Team reaches to the most at-risk vulnerable homeless population in the San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley and we have personally witnessed the amazing work Hope Mill Inc. Care Pack Program makes in a homeless person's life. We couldn’t do this important work without the support from our community partners like Hope Mill Inc. We thank Hope Mill Inc. for the donated Care Packs for the purpose of outreaching to the homeless to reach our goal of meeting the immediate needs of the homeless.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope Mill is the real deal with a true heart and compassion for people. If there is anyone out there who is looking to invest there services or resources, I highly suggest Hope Mill! Pearl and her volunteers are real gems...Glad to have Partnered with this Great Non Profit Organization.

Richard A. Pacheco

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the charity based on compassion and love. I have volunteered to help pack backpacks on two different occasions, but have had an opportunity to discuss the vision and mission of Hope Mill many times. Clearly, all of the funds and other donations generated go directly to providing help for the homeless. The backpacks provide non-perishable food, blankets, sox, toiletries and writing materials. The organization works like a well-oiled machine. Each volunteer knows exactly what to do, each volunteer interacts smoothly with the others and time is saved. When I finished my work, my heart was larger and I left telling others about my empowering experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to work with Hope Mill last summer and my time spent with the organization was priceless. The backpacks they assemble are well thought out and include items that we take for granted everyday. Pearl explained to us why each item was chosen and how treasured they would be by the person who received them. Everything was organized and clean and at the end of the day, you were proud of the product you produced. Also, I loved how they encouraged children to help out! It was a great learning experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HOPE MILL is a fabulous nonprofit organization! Writing this review fills me with such joy. I hope I can convince many individuals to donate their time or money to help this organization continue to serve the homeless population of the San Fernando Valley. This organization truly makes a difference in the lives of the individuals receiving the care packs, but also there many volunteers. I can't wait for the next backpack assembly day! Thanks Hope Mill for changing our community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Mill is a one of a kind nonprofit organization! They create backpacks that contain the essentials that every homeless individual needs on a day to day basis. This creative idea has been able to help hundreds of homeless people for years. I love volunteering with Hope Mill it is always a highlight of my week!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The care packs are well-thought out and very useful to those seeking stability in the midst of flux. I have seen this organization quickly grow from a seed of an idea to an integral part of the community. These people are angels!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure to occasionally volunteer for Hope Mill on their assembly packing days. Very organized and thoughtful group that truly makes a difference in the community. The care packs are very well thought out and truly assembled with great care and pride. I love volunteering for Hope Mill. Great Cause and great people!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of volunteering at Hope Mill with members of my Eastern Star chapter. The staff members were dedicated, informative and friendly. My group really enjoyed their afternoon assembling 300 carefully assembled backpacks that will go to the homeless.
All I really can say is, great cause and great people. I look forward to volunteering again!

1 Mikey G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

HOPE MILL INC is such an amazing organization that's putting a smile on so many faces. I thank God that Hope Mill was available to help me, help others in need. I gave a care package to this young man and he says to me, "Mike, thank you so much. When you're in my situation you learn to appreciate everything and anything anyone does for you. Because most of the time people look down on you, they see you as less of a person. What they don't know, is that a lot of us are trying to do better. So thank you Mike, this means a lot to me". I would like to thank Pearl for everything she's done for us. - Mike G. SOCHi

1 Elaineelfandjaeger

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a Five Star Non-Profit. Hope Mill gives Care Packs to needy people that are packed with essentials and are very well thought through to help the needs of these people. This is a first class organization, Hope Mill really cares about the homeless and the needy and it is what a non-profit should be.

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Donor

Rating: 5

HOPE MILL, INC. fills a very important role for the neediest of all people. I cannot think of another organization that works as hard and reaches so many homeless people in the community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Hope Mill is an organization that not only helps the homeless people of Los Angeles, but also helps the volunteers and donors alike.Through my donation to Hope Mill, I feel that I can help make more of a difference in a needy person's life, than I could possibly do on my own. Hope Mill helps bolster community spirit!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

HOPE MILL INC is making an impact not a dent in the lives of many people, their passion and concern for the underserved population is amazing. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of many. Continue your excellent work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hope Mill is God's love in action. The founder of this organization had a vision that did not get discarded. Praise God! There's a song that says "only what you do for Christ will last " and this outreach does exactly what we humans are required to do. But that's not all. I found this outreach on the Internet. They are sharing a ministry that is touching the lives of others probably throughout this world. So my prayers for this ministry continue to flow. If I were near them I would volunteer gladly. To the leaders I say, stay encouraged and keep up the good work. What you're doing for those who have so little, will bring you a reward second to none in the end.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been involved with Hope Mill both as volunteers and as participants in assembling the care packs. Nice people and a great cause. What they are doing is offering a bit of hope to people who, for what ever reason, find themselves on the street. We hope to remain involved as this is something which we can believe in and have seen the positive results.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work that this organization does is carried out with such dedication and love. Hope Mill truly services the needs of the community and promotes a culture of caring. They are invaluable and much appreciated.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with multiple organizations, but Hope Mill is definitely my favorite non-profit organization. They make you feel extremely welcomed and are very appreciative for the time you donate to make their dream of servicing the homeless community of the San Fernando Valley a reality. The care packages they create are one of a kind and are assembled with so much love. I would highly recommend everyone to donate time or money to allow Hope Mill to continue their mission in making a difference in the lives of so many underserved individuals.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am an occasional donator to Hope Mill as one of my favorite charities. I like that all the donations go to those who need the help and I think the back pack is a very practical idea. They help people in our society who are most vulnerable: the homeless. I am all for Hope Mill.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you,Pearl and Hope Mill, Inc for the selfless act of service that you demonstrate by providing "backpacks of care" to the community. You continue to show love and provide hope to those who are sometimes forgotten. It has been said that a kind deed is like water for a flower, it makes the heart bloom. Again, thank you for planting gardens of hope in the lives of others. You are truly making a difference!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hope Mill Inc. consistently looks beyond the exterior shell of a person and reaffirms their worthy and value. Each care package tenderly compiled by volunteers offers a ray of hope. The power of hope should never be underestimate. Thankful for the spirit of generosity and the labor of love.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our synagogue's Social Action committee has been making Care Packs in partnership with Hope Mill for a few years at our annual "Mitzvah Day" (social action). Last year we decided to expand our partnership by hosting monthly "Food Pack" gatherings after Saturday morning services. Our synagogue purchases the food items that go into the packs, and our synagogue members assemble about 50 food packs which I then deliver to Pearl H. (ED of Hope Mill) the following week.

This is an easy, efficient, and meaningful use our time to help people in need. Pearl and the rest of the staff of Hope Mill are kind, generous, flexible, and lovely to work with. In making their Care Packs, Hope Mill works hard to make sure that those in need are provided with food, blankets, socks, toiletries, and the like in a dignified, humanitarian way.

We hope to continue our relationship with Hope Mill, Inc for years to come, and highly recommend them to any person, group, or company looking to make a difference.

Donor

Rating: 5

My organization, the Encino Lawyers' Association, was looking for ways we could contribute to our local community. I found out about Hope Mill and went to speak to Pearl and her husband. They patiently explained all that they were doing for the homeless and made specific suggestions of items to donate. After we gathered a huge pile of items at our next holiday party, I delivered them to Hope Mill. Pearl was very appreciative of our efforts and assured me that they would be put to good use immediately. It was pleasure dealing with everyone associated with Hope Mill and I recommend them highly.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Mill has provided L.A. Family Housing, a homeless services provider in the San Fernando Valley, with Care Packs for homeless individuals we interact with during our ongoing outreach programs. The Care Packs are full of items ideal for someone living on the street- pop top and other easy to eat but healthy food items, clean socks, a clean t-shirt, hand warmers or gloves in winter, even a pre-stamped postcard and a pen in case the individual would like to reach out to a loved one. All the items are neatly packed with care, nothing sloppy or out of place - showing respect to the individuals receiving them.
Pearl and her husband are a pleasure to work with. L.A. Family Housing greatly values our relationship with Hope Mill.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Hope Mill during the summer of 2013. While I was there, I learned how to create and utilize spreadsheets, make phone calls, and write and mail business letters. Everything that I learned at Hope Mill will help me in other endeavors throughout my life. I am grateful that I had this opportunity. Even though I was only fifteen when I volunteered there, I was treated like an adult volunteer. It meant a lot to me because I was assigned a project that not many other people would trust a teenager with, and I learned new things along the way. Hope Mill accepted me with kindness and open arms. This was an experience that I will never forget. I admire the quality and the care that goes into the preparation and packing of the backpacks. It is amazing to me how many people they are able to help. I would gladly volunteer there again, hopefully in the near future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son wanted to work with Hope Mill for his bar mitzvah project. Once a month at our synagogue a table is set up and backpacks are assembled. The congregation enjoys the opportunity to help. Our first inquiry was with Pearl and she couldn't have made the process more simple to orchestrate. She brought us all the necessary supplies, instructions and examples. Everything about this organization stems from caring and a commitment toward outreach in the community. We were pleased to be a part of it.

Advisor

Rating: 5

We are Loaves and Fishes in Van Nuys. We are a food pantry for Homeless and Low-income families in the East San Fernando Valley. I have known Pearl and Hope Mill for over 5 years. Her devotion to the organization is truly remarkable. Always willing to help us in any way she can with back packs and the "Street Sheet" a most wonderful guide with referrals to various places for homeless and poor families to get assistance wherever needed. In these troubling times it is truly heartwarming to know there is someone willing to give of themselves for those less fortunate in the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer and donor, I can only say that this grassroots organization is both inspiring and effective in its outreach work for the homeless. Under the direction of Pearl Huber, HOPE MILL is run efficiently and benefits many who receive its donated goods in practical backpacks. Not only does the effort benefit the homeless, volunteers can feel good about the chance to roll up their sleeves and contribute to a worthy cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HOPE MILLS INC is an amazing organization that dedicates its time & energy reaching out and reaching into the community in order to meet the needs of those without the proper resources. The backpacks are filled with items of necessities, but the key ingredient they are filled with is LOVE.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hope Mill Inc strives in dedicating time, resources, and energy to serving a community that often can be overlooked. The enthusiasm of the volunteers and members is seen in their attitude and felt with each care pack they give. It is refreshing to know people are still willing to lend a hand with no other reward than knowing they are positively contributing to someones life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope Mill Inc is a wonderful organization to volunteer for. It helps a segment of society that is facing mitigating circumstances and is often marginalized. The Care Packs are transportable and has necessary items needed for the situation that the homeless are faced with. It is a good feeling to know that you have added value to the organization as well as to the recipients that will receive them as they face their present reality in life. The staff are pleasant, helpful and empowering as they create a great environment to lend a helping hand.

Kristy16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first time volunteering at Hope Mills and I didn't know what to expect but was very excited to lend a helping hand. When I first arrived everyone there greeted me and thanked me for coming. Making me feel comfortable and happy to be there. They are organized, prepared and work hard. I had an amazing time making care packages for the homeless. I would recommend people of all ages to volunteer. I also want to thank Hope Mills for their amazing job. Can't wait to volunteer again :)