JPMorgan Chase & Co.- Dedicated to Empowering Vulnerable and Underrepresented Communities

It is an honor for Hope Builders to highlight JPMorgan Chase & Co. as a Premier Sponsor of the 25 Days For Building Hope Campaign. JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s global philanthropy efforts help address humanitarian and economic challenges across the globe. Since 2009, JPMorgan Chase has partnered with Hope Builders to link young adults to…


Guaranty Chevrolet – Dedicated to Investing in Their Community

Hope Builders is proud to honor Guaranty Chevrolet as a Premier Sponsor of the 25 Days For Building Hope campaign. Since 2002, Guaranty Chevrolet has been a generous supporter of Hope Builders’ annual Light Up a Life Gala, donating the winner’s choice of a brand new Chevrolet vehicle. Although the global health pandemic forced Hope…


25 Days for Building Hope – A Virtual Campaign to Celebrate Hope Builders’ 25th Anniversary

In place of our annual gala this year, we are hosting our fundraiser online! On Friday, August 14th, Hope Builders is launching 25 Days for Building Hope. During these 25 days, we will be celebrating Hope Builders’ 25th Anniversary by publishing a series of videos to help tell our story. It’s a story filled with countless examples about how…


Hope Builders: A solution to getting Orange County’s young people back to work

  Hope Builders has finalized its implementation model to annually prepare 280 young adults for careers. In March, Hope Builders shifted its programs to online instruction, virtual case management, therapy and career readiness courses. Realizing that the ongoing pandemic called for longer-term flexibility, Hope Builders worked with a team to identify and implement a blended…


You Helped Grecia Launch her IT Career

During these uncertain times, Hope Builders is happy to share some good news. Thanks to your support, Grecia has launched her IT career! “Life kept getting in the way…” After she found out she was pregnant, it took Grecia a little bit longer to finish high school. She eventually graduated and hoped to one day…


Getting Young People Back To Work

As the country’s unemployment rate continues to rise—Hope Builders is proud to share that we continue to link young adults to jobs. We are hopeful these young adults will do well in their new positions, because more than 70% of the trainees that we placed into employment this year remain employed! Thanks to your support,…

A Lasting Legacy

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…


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…

An Interview With Shawna Smith

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…

Ana & Gabriela - How Your Support Impacted an Entire Family

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,…