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Stories of HOPE – Hannah Major

By Jordan Hagedon, HOPE Corps Fellow Hannah Major has a diverse background when it comes to her work and education.  Her first business was a neighborhood cleaning service that she began when she was in middle school.  Since then, she has worked as a laboratory assistant for National Jewish Medical, a banquets manager for the Knoebel Center, a front desk agent for Marriot, a restaurant manager for the Four Seasons...

Stories of HOPE – Shahidah Williams

By Jordan Hagedon, HOPE Corps Fellow Shahidah Williams is rising quickly in the financial services industry.  She holds a BA in Japanese and International Trade and a BBA in Finance from Eastern Michigan University. Shahidah also has an Executive Certificate in Personal and Small Business Financial Planning from Georgetown University, as well as several FINRA licenses in investments and insurance, an IRS-tax...

Stories of HOPE – Dianne Shorte

By Jordan Hagedon, HOPE Corps Fellow Dianne Shorte is a wife, mother of three sons, marriage mentor, and legal secretary at the firm of Jeffery Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP.  Dianne is also completing her first book manuscript, Ladies Operating Very Effectively (L.O.V.E) – The Power in a Woman. This book will highlight her life challenges, successes and the seemingly ordinary, yet extraordinary, young girls...

Stories of HOPE – Louis Nunez

By Jordan Hagedon, HOPE Corps Fellow Born in California, raised in Chicago, and finally settled in Denver, Louis Nunez understands what it means to make the most out of every day.  His family made sure of it. “Even though we were poor,” Louis explains, “it really felt like we were rich.”   His parents placed a high value on education, making sure to fill their house with used books and tattered issues of...

Testimonial About Emelina Martinez

Emelina Martinez is a valuable asset to Operation HOPE as well as the Cyber Cafe clients. She has demonstrated a high level of customer service by assisting me with my resume, career planning and resources. She has a pleasant disposition and is willing to help others.

Stories of HOPE – LaToya M. Lott

Operation Hope has changed my life, and I’m so excited to share my experience with you. I have been trying to purchase a house for at least 3 years and it has been a struggle.  I initially started off with NACA back in 2011 and was very consistent with them sending paperwork and after 6 months I got denied by the underwriter.  I was never able to get assistance after that to resubmit my file, so I gave...

Stories of HOPE – Nathan Press

By Sean Sallee, Deputy Director of HOPE Corps For many of us, we waited all year to enjoy summer break the way most 16 year olds do by going away on vacation and going to the beach.  The end of senior year signified the last few months of truly being a youth. For a few people, however, free time can be used more valuably.  Nathan Press believed his summers would be better spent understanding, collaborating with,...

Stories of HOPE – Aditya Tandon

By Jordan Hagedon, HOPE Corps Fellow Aditya Tandon was born in India in May 1982 into a family of doctors.  His father is an ENT (ear-nose-throat) surgeon, who still practices at the age of 71.  His mother is a recent retiree after a four decade career as a senior professor and Head of Department.  She served in the Preventive and Social medicine department in Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi.  His...

Stories of HOPE – Jane Tran

By James Chen, Los Angeles Program Manager Jane Tran is currently the branch manager for the Wells Fargo Bank branch location in San Gabriel, CA.  If it were not for a pivotal moments and turning points in 2008 and 2012, I would not have the honor and privilege of coordinating and collaborating with Jane today to help empower the youth and young adult in the Greater Los Angeles Area. It takes a unique and special...

Stories of HOPE – Armin Rashti

By Jordan Hagedon, HOPE Corps Fellow Armin Rashti was born in Iran and moved with his family to the United States when he was four years old.  He lived in both Philadelphia and Delaware until his parents realized how tired they were of the weather and moved the family to California when Armin was a teenager.  He attended West Covina High school, where he graduated in three years.  He then went to Cal Poly Pomona...

Stories of HOPE – Walter Wodtke

Walter Wodtke comes from a family based on dedication and hard work.  He was raised by his mother, who was a single parent and has had polio since she was six month’s old. “Not only did she raise me, but she also put herself through college and became a social worker with the County of Los Angeles,” Walter states, “She has been a great inspiration to me day in and day out.” Walter began in the banking...

Stories of HOPE – Celeste O’Brien

Celeste O’Brien describes herself as an entrepreneur by heart and passion. She has been a massage therapist for eleven years now and works at Symmetry360 Massage, which she owns along with her business partner, Kina. Symmetry360 Massage began with just Kina and a lone massage room in a Pilates studio. “We had a dream to create a company that was supportive and nurturing to massage therapists,” Celeste explains, “helping to learn and grown within their careers. We also felt, and still feel strongly, that massage helps to reconnect people to the most important thing there is: our bodies.” With these goals in mind, their business has been open for six years and now has three locations and forty employees. They hope to continue expanding and impacting the world in a positive way.

Stories of HOPE – Hayana Kwon

Hayana Kwon is a 1.5 generation Korean American. Her parents immigrated to the United States when she was one year old. She and her sister were both raised with heavy traditional Korean values, which made it difficult for them to fit in. Instead of an occasional night out for a pizza dinner, Hayana’s parents thought it was better to save money and eat home with the family. Spending allowance money on a friend’s birthday slumber party was out of the question. “So growing up was difficult,” Hayana explains, “but thanks to my parents, I learned the importance of money management, saving and budgeting at an early age.” With the help of her parents, Hayana was able to buy a car and pay off her college tuition quickly.

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