In a night of hugs, tears, and solidarity, Operation HOPE L.A. joined with community partners, clients, and volunteers last Friday to celebrate the year’s successes and rally up supporters to continue its work promoting financial empowerment throughout the region.
Over the last year, the L.A. HOPE Centers have helped clients make dramatic transformations in their financial and personal lives, helping raise credit scores, modify loans, and prevent foreclosures. Friends joined at the La Brea HOPE Center to celebrate the HOPE community and its successful work promoting the dignity and dreams of clients.
Two families shared their gripping stories of near-foreclosure. With the help of their HOPE counselors, Clemen Mendoza of the Maywood HOPE Center and Rosa Amaya of the La Brea HOPE Center, they eventually obtained loan modifications and stayed safely in their homes.
While guests enjoyed food, drink, music, and testimonials from clients, the evening’s drama came to a climax when a HOPE client was presented a home loan approval in front of proud audiences.
Mr. Fernando Arboleda from Wells Fargo congratulated the client for her diligent work raising her credit score from 500 to 701, creating a budget and saving money for a down payment over the past five years. As this client realized her hard-earned dream in front of the festivities’ guests, HOPE friends and family felt a deeper sense of community joined by high visions for the future and real results to support them.
In the spirit of a night both honoring the past and celebrating the future, Banking on Our Future volunteers and HOPE counselors were honored with testimonials from banking partner Wells Fargo, HOPE board members Karen A. Clark and Craig Hudson, and cyber café, homebuyer, and credit program clients.
The evening concluded with a visit from Ambassador AJ from Bermuda, an impromptu musical performance, and closing remarks from HOPE Los Angeles CEO Mr. Lance Triggs. While celebrating hard work, endless patience, and inspiring successes, Triggs reminded the audience to kick back, relax, enjoy the company of good friends, and above all, to “just breathe”.