The HOPE Program helps New Yorkers transcend poverty and prepares them to find, keep, and grow careers. By blending vocational, educational, and social services with a lifelong commitment to a person’s growth, HOPE demonstrates that poor New Yorkers can create better lives for themselves and their families.
Our mission is two-fold: to help individuals living in extreme poverty achieve economic self-sufficiency and to inform practices by sharing our research and solutions.
Our direct services program, HOPEworks, fulfills the first part of our mission and encompasses work readiness training, job placement, job retention, and career advancement services. Through HOPEworks, students are prepared to compete in today’s workforce. Additionally, an array of on-site support services is provided including: mental health therapy; legal counseling; food and clothing; and assistance in obtaining housing, childcare, medical, and transitional work benefits.