Hope Builders Blog

Guaranty Chevrolet – Helping Young People Drive Toward Success

Since 2002, Bruce and Cindy Hamlin, owners of Guaranty Chevrolet, have generously donated the grand prize of Hope Builders’ car raffle. Their generosity has helped the organization raise over $650,000 to empower local youth with the skills and support needed to achieve enduring personal and professional success. “We’re proud to support the youth of our Read More »

Jobs WORK – Q&A with Anthony

Anthony is 20-years old from Anaheim, CA and currently participates in Jobs WORK—Hope Builders’ new “earn and learn” initiative that partners with the building trades to provide field training to youth looking to launch their construction careers. Anthony shares below about his experience in Jobs WORK. Q: What were you doing before Hope Builders? A: Read More »

PIMCO Foundation Honors Hope Builders

PIMCO Foundation honored Hope Builders with the 2017 Leadership Circle Award, which recognizes organizations “adept at growing their impact and demonstrating ingenuity, while maintaining their quality and increasing their results.” Hope Builders will also receive a $25,000 gift from the PIMCO Foundation. Shawna Smith, Hope Builders’ Executive Director, accepted the award at a celebration event Read More »


JPMorgan Chase is once again a Premier Sponsor of Hope Builders’ Light Up A Life gala on Saturday, September 16, 2017. JPMorgan Chase will join nearly 550 Orange County business leaders and philanthropists to celebrate the amazing transformations their support makes possible in the lives of 550 Orange County youth each year. Since 2009, JPMorgan Read More »

Everybody Wins When the Community Improves

The 2012 police involved shootings in Anaheim sparked protests and riots in the city. In response to this, Hope Builders was among the community organizations that opened its doors in Anaheim. “We saw many of the issues – disenfranchisement, and lack of opportunity – we were dealing with here in Santa Ana coming to surface in Anaheim. Read More »

Vanessa’s Transformation: Transforming an Entire Family

When Vanessa first came to Hope Builders, she was afraid—years of failure and disappointment had taken their toll. Right after high school, Vanessa found out that she was pregnant. After getting married, Vanessa and her new husband, Kevin, rented a room in a home shared by five other families. It was all they could afford Read More »

Partnering with Hope Builders is Good for Business

Community-based organizations like Hope Builders are the new front door to the workforce and community colleges. This was one of the major themes that emerged from a panel of construction, healthcare and education leaders, who participated in Hope Builders’ April 26th convening of local employers, educators and community investors. The group discussed challenges that Orange Read More »

RSVP for the 2017 Investors’ Breakfast

Michael E. Balsamo serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Building Industry Association of Southern California. Mike’s role is to lead BIA Southern California in advancing its mission to be the single voice of building and development in Southern California. BIASC is a regional trade association that represents more than 1,100 member companies within Read More »

Hope Builders Honors Knights of Malta, Orange County Chapter

Hope Builders proudly congratulates Knights of Malta, Orange County Chapter on their recognition at the 2017 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards! Knights of Malta will be honored for their outstanding contribution to the community in the areas of workforce development and financial literacy. The Spirit of Volunteerism Awards will be held Monday, April 24, 2017 at Read More »