Mission: HOPE's mission is to empower individuals living in poverty to achieve economic self-sufficiency through employment and advancement.
Results: Men and women come to HOPE with seemingly insurmountable barriers - low education rates,communities of poverty and crime, histories of incarceration and substance abuse, long-term unemployment and near homelessness. With HOPE's support, our students overcome these challenges and achieve career success. Notably, 70% of HOPE grads secure employment and our long-term job retention rates are among the strongest in the industry.
Target demographics: Low-income New Yorkers facing barriers to employment
Direct beneficiaries per year: We enroll 250 new students each year. Due to our commitment to long-term career success, we serve hundreds of graduates each year as well.
Geographic areas served: Our office is in Downtown Brooklyn. We serve men and women from across all five boroughs of New York City
Programs: Our two signature programs, HOPEworks and GROCERYworks, both provide hundreds of hours of classroom instruction in literacy, math, computer skills, customer service, business communications, stress management, resume writing, interviewing and other essential skills. We couple this with meaningful internship experience, on-site mental health services, daily meals, transportation and professional clothing to provide our jobseekers with all of the skills and tools to achieve career success. HOPE is unique in our focus on long-term job retention, which ensures a sustainable impact for the individuals we serve and their communities.
I have had the chance to see HOPE in action - at their graduation ceremony and at other events throughout the year. They truly change lives. They believe so much in second chances. But rather than give handouts to their students, they truly teach them how to land on their own two feet - and continue to grow. I am inspired by this group.