HOPE BUILDERS BLOG

Trainee Update: Mario

Mario may look familiar. Hope Builders recently featured him, highlighting his achievements with his employer, 24HRC. Today we’re celebrating another milestone—a promotion—and sharing the hard work he put in to get here. In fall 2021, Mario enrolled in Hope Builders’ Construction Training Program hoping “to get back on track to have a successful future,” he…

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Amigo Spotlight: John and Katherine Tracy

John Tracy, a math tutor with Hope Builders’ construction training program, is a true Amigo to our young adults. He reports in twice weekly to mentor, encourage and provide math tutoring to the young men and women working diligently to gain the skills and knowledge needed to launch their careers in the industry. Upon his…

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Trainee Spotlight: Angelica O.

Meet Angelica At 25 years old, Angelica enrolled in Hope Builders’ Behavioral Therapy training program to help kick-start her dream career.  Prior to Hope Builders, Angelica enrolled in college, hoping to become an Elementary School Teacher, but struggled financially to support herself and her two young boys, so she dropped out. The financial instability inevitably…

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Double Your Impact on March 24th

Join the Anaheim Ducks and Honda Center to support Hope Builders on March 24th, 2022 for a collaborative giving day to build a stronger workforce for Orange County. The Anaheim Ducks and Honda Center will generously match the first $5,000 in donations Hope Builders receives over the 24-hour campaign! For more than 20 years, the…

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Winter Advancement Celebration

On Wednesday, February 23, 2022, Hope Builders celebrated the accomplishments of the following 45 trainees who recently entered Hope Builders’ Career Builder phase of its student journey, pictured below. The Trainees listed below successfully completed training in Construction or Healthcare, demonstrated workforce readiness and have been linked to career pathway jobs with local employers. Career…

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Employer Highlight: 24HRC

Last week, Hope Builders’ construction training program graduates Jose, Mario and Ruth, pictured above, spoke to a group of interested applicants. They talked about their own experiences at Hope Builders and encouraged the group to apply.  Ruth talked about all of the help that she got—from counseling to transportation assistance to resume prep. Jose said…

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Clinical Medical Assisting Cohort Launches Careers in Healthcare

Late December, 18 young adults successfully completed Hope Builders’ Clinical Medical Assisting (CMA) program, 16 of whom started off the new year entering full-time career pathway positions. Many of these young adults graduated high school in 2020 and struggled to navigate entering the workforce amid a global pandemic. Others worked low-paying jobs with little room…

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Trainee Update: Juan G.

As you may recall, during our Fall 10 Days for Building a Pathway to Prosperity campaign, Juan, a construction trainee, shared how Hope Builders’ skills training and mentorship was helping him launch his career. Juan grew up in Santa Ana with a single mother and three younger brothers. He felt angry and grieved the absence…

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2021: Year in Review

Thank you—the Hope Builders’ community has helped moved 175 disadvantaged young adults from poverty to prosperity. Together—investors, employers, trainees and staff—achieved the following over the past year: 175 young adults received the mentorship, life skills and job skills training to launch their careers 99% of graduates were connected to careers The average starting salary is…

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Where Are They Now, continued…

As you may have read in our Winter 2021 Newsletter, Ruben and Maricela, two recent graduates of Hope Builders’ training successfully launched their careers. 23-year old Ruben applied to Hope Builders healthcare training program after learning about it from a friend. He felt stuck working in a minimum wage job at his neighborhood recreation center…

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