Hope Builders Blog

Jessica’s Transformation: Breaking Out of Poverty

Jessica organizes her desk at the end of her eight-hour day at work. Before going home to her apartment in Santa Ana, she picks up groceries at the market. She takes her 9-year-old daughter to her first dance class—her daughter is all smiles as they approach the dance studio together. This is Jessica’s new normal. Read More »

St. Joseph Health: Investing in the Health of Orange County

Taller San Jose Hope Builders is proud that St. Joseph Health—along with FMC Financial Group, Guaranty Chevrolet, JPMorgan Chase and SC Fuels—sponsor its recent Light Up A Life gala at the premier level. Like Hope Builders, St. Joseph Health is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. As such, both organizations share Read More »

Inspiring Others to Invest in Hope: SC Fuels and the Greinke Family

This year, as Hope Builders’ 2016 Best of Friends Honoree and a Premier Sponsor of the Light Up A Life gala, the Greinke Family and SC Fuels invited their friends and colleagues to join them in supporting our work to prepare Orange County youth for the workplace. Margaret Greinke shared that 15 years ago, she Read More »

FMC Financial Group: Supporting Job Training for Young Adults

Taller San Jose Hope Builders is delighted to recognize the generosity of FMC Financial Group at its upcoming Light Up A Life gala. FMC Financial, a family owned business, is one of the most advanced insurance and financial services companies in Southern California. They are also friends and clients of SC Fuels’ Chairman, Frank P. Read More »

Guaranty Chevrolet: 15 Years Supporting Disconnected Youth

On Saturday, September 17, 2016, Darren Rutledge, General Manager of Guaranty Chevrolet, will take the stage at Taller San Jose Hope Builders’ Light Up A Life gala to announce this year’s lucky car raffle winner—just as representatives from the dealership have done the past fifteen years. As a premier sponsor of the event, Guaranty Chevrolet Read More »

JPMorgan Chase: Investing in Orange County’s Workforce

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has joined Guaranty Chevrolet and SC Fuels as the Premier Sponsor of Hope Builders’ Light Up A Life gala. On September 17,  JPMorgan Chase will join 550 other Orange County philanthropists to recognize the tremendous efforts of Hope Builders’ trainees as they strive to advance their education and skills so that Read More »

Viridiana: Building a Hopeful Life

When Viridiana came to Hope Builders, she had been knocked down multiple times. “I was unable to support my family and pay my bills. I had no idea what to do.” The oldest child of four, Viridiana grew up in Garden Grove. Her mother and father both worked long hours in retail to provide for Read More »

Anaheim Grand Opening

Hope Builders celebrated the grand opening of its new facility in Anaheim on April 28. By expanding into Anaheim, Hope Builders expects to double the number of young people that it serves annually and address local workforce demands for skilled, entry-level employees. Guests toured the nearly 10,000 square feet of space that houses Hope Builders’ Read More »

iheartOC Giving Day

Hope Builders will be participating in the second annual iheartOC Giving Day, a 30-hour fundraising event for over 400 local non-profits hosted by Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF). Giving Day 2016 runs from 6:00 AM April 27 through noon April 28. Every dollar earned will be leveraged by bonus awards and prizes from OCCF to Read More »

The Ultimate Interviewer

Hope Builders works hard to prepare trainees to find employment. In 2015, 77% of Hope Builders youth who complete our training found employment. One major focus within employment readiness is interviewing skills. Since many trainees have not experienced a professional interview, Hope Builders sets up a simulation of a job interview where our trainees get Read More »