Stories of HOPE: Youthbuild Project Coordinator Shares Gratitude for Banking on Our Future Volunteers

Ricky Strickler, Community Project Coordinator, of Youthbuild shares his feedback about the benefits of receiving BOOF financial literacy education sessions. Youthbuild prepares non-traditional students who have not finished high school, with GED preparation and workforce development training to succeed and lead in the real world. “I wanted to let you know as soon as possible what an amazing job Shanna and...

The Role of Government in a Reset World

This election was a rollercoaster for Americans. While past elections have certainly been emotionally charged, this election was marked by a remarkable level of divisiveness. The results left half our nation beaming with joy and excitement and left the other half disappointed, frustrating- in some cases rioting, or even calling for the peaceful succession of individual states.  Whether it’s the fiscal...

Rethinking Subprime Lending – Fighting the Odds to Fight Poverty

It’s hard to think of the mortgage crisis as anything but a crisis. Since 2008, we’ve worn dark, shaded specs – the opposite of rose-colored glasses, when looking towards the future of homeownership. The numbers don’t lie – the number of foreclosures have risen exponentially since before the crisis. Before the mortgage crisis, subprime lending increased the risk of homeowners defaulting...

Stories of HOPE: Stellar Feedback for the Poway HOPE Center

Dear Erik Pelayo, Operation HOPE has provided me with amazing services. Overall, the services were stellar, from the receptionist down to the counselor. They are all friendly and professional people with a common vision to help satisfy their customer’s needs. They responded to my questions and concerns in a timely manner which shows that they value and care about customer satisfaction. I would gladly refer...

Take a Stand for the Underserved Through Emergency Disaster Preparation

Over the last ten years, our society has seen some incredible disasters – both manmade and natural. From Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, to the 2008 Mortgage Crisis and even Hurricane Sandy, a “Frankenstorm” that is wrecking havoc on the Northeast. When Operation HOPE formed in 1992, we made financial literacy and empowerment our main mission. Over the past decade, it’s...

The Early Bird Gets the Worm – The Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow for Soon-to-Be Grads

Graduation. Although we’ve just started the school year, I remember the looming dread that formed in my stomach when senior year began.  I think my fears were warranted – it’s an event that has a massive impact on your financial life. For many, it’s that milestone in which you graduate from relying on the financial expertise of your parents or guardian to making your own financial...

Stories of HOPE: Thank you from James

During a crisis, the best place to run to is Operation HOPE! A HOPE client sends a touching thank you letter for the services at our Poway National Call Center and the help of HOPE Counselor Erik Pelayo.

Bill Norris – Role Model Uses Entrepreneurship to Seek Social Justice

We all have people in our lives that bring together the innovation of entrepreneurship with the dignity of community building. Here at HOPE, lecturer Bill Norris inspires all HOPE clients and employees with his incredible spirit and mind. Bill has spent a lifetime in small businesses and nonprofits. He has started them, operated them and retired a few of them! He never went to business school, leaving his learning...

Entrepreneurship – The Fuel for a Better Society

We would like to honor the inherent dignity of our world's entrepreneurs. In the face of crisis and fear, it is the entrepreneurs that have pushed for progress and a better society. While dreams guide us, it is the entrepreneurial mindset that propels us forward.

You’re Invited to Share Your Voice: Talking Dignity

We're so excited about the Summit, we want to start the dialogue now. Come join Operation HOPE via Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to learn a little about 21st century capitalism and contribute to a discussion on financial dignity. Come join us online - 'like' our page, follow us on Twitter and Pinterest, or tell us your story of entrepreneurship, and we'll bring your ideas of financial dignity into the discussion.

Low Unemployment and High Entrepreneurship – Signs of a 21st Century Economy

With the recent new reports on the U.S. unemployment rate – an all-time low in the last four years – it’s clear that Americans are entering a new stage of economic life marked by productivity and energy. As a nation, we’re taking huge leaps towards recovery and it feels good. We can take a collective sigh of relief and start looking towards growth rather than relief and...

Mobile Money and eEmpowerment: Do you connect?

A friend of mine will be moving to Myanmar in a couple months. The reason? He’s managing a hotline to report human rights violations through text messages. In an area that’s been historically censored and halted by a military government, technological innovation has the potential to bring safety, empowerment, and well-being to residents.  There’s a reason why we’re talking about Mobile...

Stories of HOPE: Testament to the Power of eEmpowerment – It’s Electric!

A HOPE Client shares his story of digital connectedness. Are you connected?

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