Hope Builders Blog

Creating the Future of the Essential Workforce

Hope Builders is proud to share that many of its graduates are considered essential workers during this health crisis. Your support directly helped these ambitious young people launch their careers. Essential healthcare worker happy to help any way she can. St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group hired Yesenia in September 2019 to work as a medical Read More »

A Lasting Legacy: Construction Training at Hope Builders

March marks the 19th anniversary of the launch of Hope Builders’ construction training program in a 10,000 square foot warehouse in Santa Ana. Hope Builders was first introduced to the construction industry through its original social enterprise, The Benchmakers, which hired young adults to build mission-style garden benches. The Benchmakers’ early designs incorporated old pine Read More »

Give to Support Emergency Funds for Hope Builders’ Trainees

For Hope Builders’ trainees, these unprecedented times—compounded by the conditions of poverty—result in great uncertainty and anxiety. We continue to provide virtual mentorship to ensure all our young adults are coping with their challenges in healthy and constructive ways. Business Applications 12 trainees are using personal and Hope Builders’ laptops to continue online coursework. Information Read More »

Hope Builders Urgently Needs Your Help

Dear Community Members, Hope Builders urgently needs your help. I am particularly worried that our current trainees, who have demonstrated so much progress to date, risk falling even further behind. To make matters worse, Hope Builders has postponed its annual Builder’s Luncheon and is also projecting lower revenue through its social enterprise, leading to an anticipated shortfall of almost $300,000 through the end Read More »

St. Joseph’s Day

Hope Builders is proud to be a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Today, on St. Joseph’s Day, we honor our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange and as we’ve done every day for 25 years, proudly live out their values as we serve the “dear neighbor” and move Orange Read More »

COVID-19 Update

In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, Hope Builders remains dedicated to empowering Orange County’s young adults with the mentorship, life skills and job skills training that meet the needs of employers. The agency is following official recommendations regarding limiting the spread and impact of COVID-19 to ensure the well-being of our community.  Hope Builders Read More »

The Future is Working – 24 hours. 7 Organizations. 1 Cause

Hope Builders is teaming up with 6 other organizations on Thursday, March 12 for The Future Is Working— a Giving Day to develop a stronger workforce for Orange County. Mark your calendar. Under the guidance of the Orange County Community Foundation, the coalition is striving to raise $70,000 to create pipelines of opportunity for Orange Read More »

An Interview with Shawna Smith – 20+ years of changing lives

How long have you worked at Hope Builders? 22 years! I started in 1998 and assumed the role of Executive Director in 2008. What drew you to Hope Builders? The first time I walked into the Hope Builders lobby at 801 North Broadway in downtown Santa Ana I knew without speaking to a single person Read More »

Ana & Gabriela- How Your Support Impacted An Entire Family

Two sisters with different careers aspirations, who both financially struggled as single mothers, were able to find meaningful careers through Hope Builders. Ana was 12 and Gabriela, 10, when their family moved to the United States from Mexico. Despite the hard adjustment, they were both able to successfully graduate from high school. Shortly after graduation, Read More »

Where are they now? – Adrian G., 2008 Graduate

In honor of our 25th Anniversary we’ve been reaching out to our many talented alumni for updates on how the skills training and support around life’s challenges they received at Hope Builders has empowered them to thrive. Our longtime supporters may remember Adrian, pictured right, as our 2008 Light Up A Life Gala speaker. That Read More »