Through the years, Hope Builders and its leadership have received the following awards and recognition.


2018 The James Irvine Foundation selected Hope Builders to its Better Careers Portfolio, a group of California agencies working to connect low-income workers to middle-school jobs across the state.

2017  Leadership Circle Award, PIMCO Foundation

2011  First Place, Home Builders Council’s Design & Build Competition Read article

2008Won international recognition by receiving one of three Change makers Awards. This competition, sponsored by Ashoka, identifies the most innovative approaches to helping a generation of young people around the world fulfill their potential and become healthy, successful adults.

2008  Neighborhood Builders Award, Bank of America

2008  Second Place, Home Builders Council’s Design & Build Competition

2007  Strategic Partner Award, Citi

2007  Spirit of Giving Award, Ameriquest

2005  Education Construction Award, State of California by the Associated General Contractors

2004  Ruby Slippers Award, Building Industry Association of Orange County

2002Identified by the Pew Partnerships as one of 19 Solutions for America – programs that address critical issues in society in a creative and effective manner

2002 Promising Practice Award, Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California

2002  Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez


2020  2020 Woman of Distinction Award, State of California 29th Senate District

2015  Community Inspiration Award, Orange County Public Safety and Reentry Committee

2012  40 Under 40, OC Metro Magazine

2011  Woman of Influence Award, Senator Lou Correa

2005  Marano Fellow, Aspen Institute

2003 Cardinal Bernadin New Leadership Award Finalist, The Catholic Campaign for Human Development


2010  Ambassador of Peace Award, Violence Commission of Orange County

2009  Women in Business Award, Orange County Business Journal

2008  Women Making a Mark in Orange County, Orange County United Way

2008  Legacy of a Lifetime Award, Orange County Community Foundation

2007  Community Service Award, National Hispanic Businesswomen of Orange County

2007  Purpose Prize Fellow, Civic Ventures

2006  James Irvine Leadership Award, State of California

2005  Community Service Award, National Hispanic Businesswomen of Orange County

2005 Hearts on Fire Award, Loyola Institute for Spirituality

2005  Author, A Story of Suffering and Hope, Paulist Press

2004  Hispanic Influentials Award: Community Service, Orange County United Way

2003  Outstanding Founder Award, Association of Fundraising Professionals

2002  Representative of the City of Santa Ana, Roundtable with President George W. Bush

2000  State of California, Woman of the Year, 69th Assembly District

1998  State of California, Woman of the Year, 72nd Assembly District


  •  Founded in 1995 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange
  • Serve 18-28-year old “Opportunity Youth” – young adults, who are out of work and out of school; there are 37,000 Opportunity Youth, between the ages of 16-24, in Orange County
  • More than 6000 young adults served over 25 years
  • 2 locations in Santa Ana; 1 location in Anaheim
  • $1.3 million – annual contribution (through taxes paid and a reduction in the reliance on social benefits) of employed Hope Builders’ graduates
  • Annual operational budget of $3.2 million; more than enroll 200 trainees annually
  • Partner with Santa Ana College to co-enroll trainees and award up to 18 credits towards an AA degree
  • Place 77% of graduates into employment at an average hourly wage above $15/hour
  • Launched 3 social enterprises across its 25-year history, including a custom furniture business, a general contracting company and an alternative staffing agency. Still operational, the staffing agency generates 10% of the agency’s revenue annually.