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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

42 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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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!

2 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!

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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!

1 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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to witness first hand the hard work that HOPE puts in to make a difference in the lives of the families they have provided assistance to over the years. Many of the individuals at some point or the other either dial in to the teleconference bible study prayer line orshow up to show their support for the founder during a speaking engagement. HOPE, Inc is making a tremendeous difference in one family at a time.

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kpiercelewis 10/22/2013

Thank you for the review! :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi, my name is Yakima and I am new to the Hope program. I interviewed with both Ms Charmaine and Ms Kenita and it felt good not to be looked down upon due to my mental disorder and current financial set back. My kids walked out on us anf it has been a struggle raising two children. The program makes me feel welcome and makes me feel there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Ms. Kenita motivates us and want to see each and everyone us succeed. It feels good to have the extra support from the.program!

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kpiercelewis 10/22/2013

Thank you for your review! We do care and we know you and your children will do great things! :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I live in Arizona, and learned about H.O.P.E. Inc through Sparked, a micro-volunteer online website. I started working with Kenita, the CEO, on copy writing of grant proposals, editing of donation letters, volunteer thank you letters, copy write for letterhead logos, working with other volunteers working on the design of various logos, etc. This allowed Kenita to work on the BIGGER projects that she dealt with day to day. I got so involved in the concept, helping single parents better themselves, in order to have a better live for their children. We all want a better life for our children than we had, and I so applaud all of those single parents that seek help to improve their lives through education! I have been working with Kenita and H.O.P.E. Inc for over a year now, completing online, and it is a great feeling to know that I can still help those even though I am so FAR away! I really believe in the cause!

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kpiercelewis 10/22/2013

Thank you Laura! You're awesome!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a single mom who is being helped by Hope, Inc. The help that I have received has allowed me to go to school full time, work, have an internship, and still see my daughter in the evenings. I am so grateful to Hope for helping moms like me who are trying to do it all.

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kpiercelewis 10/22/2013

Thank you Melissa! We'll be celebrating your graduation very soon! :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

HOPE is such a great organization that is making a difference in the lives of single moms. It is of great help to me. As a single mother of two girls, working and attending school, it was very difficult to make full payments on my monthly rent. Since HOPE started assisting me with my rent payments, my rent is paid on time and I don't have to worry about late payments. HOPE has made it easier for me to concentrate on my studies and get good grades in school.
I am in debt to this organization and will recommend them to anyone, especially single moms that are struggling in school. I hope others will see how helpful HOPE is, and donate to it's good work. The founder and her officials are doing a great job and I am proud to be a recipient of their generous services.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After having my son only a year ago at the young age of 21, I quickly had to face the real world. However, I was determined to complete school while growing up and taking full responsibilty of my son, even if it was by myself. After months of struggling to balance school, work, and motherhood, I found this wonderful organization who not only helped me financially but most importantly gave me the motivation that I needed to continue this difficult journey. The HOPE Organization and its members have been inspiring and helpful, through things like their monthly webinars-teaching us about finance, budgeting, etc., their optional weekly bible studies, and just their almost weekly emails just to check on us. I still have a long way to go and struggle daily with life's challenges, but the HOPE Organization has really helped out tremendously in making things easier and I am grateful to have their support.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first learned about HOPE Inc earlier this year, when the founder contacted me for fundraising advice. I've worked in a lot of different nonprofits, sat on nonprofit boards, and have been writing for three years about the nonprofit sector. After learning about their programs, I was astonished that no one else was serving the clients they serve in Georgia. They are truly filling a desperate need in helping single parents finish college. A friend of mine is an adult student in college and it is extremely difficult for him to work fulltime and finish school. I can only imagine how much harder it is when you have kids to take care of as well. I learned how efficient HOPE Inc are with their funds, and it's truly remarkable, how many people they are helping with such a tiny budget! They have more people requesting their services than they can handle. When parents finish college, their kids will be more likely to finish college as well. And a college degree is one of the best ways to get economic upward mobility. They are truly helping generations of people escape poverty. If you're looking for a small, dedicated and efficient nonprofit to give to, I would give to them.