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Stories of HOPE: Anis Salah

Anis Salah grew up in American Canyon, CA in a single parent home with four siblings. After high school, he attended St. Mary’s College, where he majored in Finance. Anis enjoyed his college years tremendously and graduated Cum Laude. After college, he joined the finance industry, where he has remained to this day. His current position at First Republic Bank is one of dedication and growth. He started out as a temp for a specific project and, after performing his job well, was hired when a new team was created in Quality Assurance.

Stories of HOPE: Cynthia Adamson

Cynthia Adamson wanted to be a teacher. However, after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a minor in elementary education and a teaching license from Metro State, Cynthia was unsure of where her passions lay and what she wanted to teach. So, she took a job as a teller at US Bank to buy herself some time to figure out what she wanted to do. Despite her early reservations, banking proved itself to be much more enjoyable than Cynthia had previously thought. Ten years later, Cynthia is still banking and loving it.

Oakland Market Closes 2013 on a High Note

 More than 175 celebrate the inaugural “Evening of HOPE” Operation HOPE’s Oakland Market hosted their 1st annual “Evening of HOPE.” The event was created to showcase standout graduates of HOPE programs for the year and recognize them as HOPE Heroes. More than 175 people attended the celebration. The HOPE Hero Award is presented to program participants who best apply what they have learned and put into...

Stories of HOPE: Brian Scrip

Brian Scrip is not a superstar. At least, not according to him. “I am just a person who is lucky enough to be able to teach financial literacy to kids and help Operation HOPE,” he says. It’s a win-win scenario for Brian.

Stories of HOPE: Volunteer Tod Vedock

Tod Vedock grew up in a poor to middle class family with divorced parents in Kansas. As a child, Tod was an average student at best, and was not very interested in school. Based on this, his high school counselor told him that college probably was not his best option. However, Tod decided to ignore his counselor’s advice and apply to the University of Kansas. He was accepted and, at the end of his four-year college career, Tod graduated with a degree in Business Communications. Looking back now on this time in school, Tod realizes that he had ADHD and was unable to focus his attention on schooling at that time.

Operation HOPE Client, Kinney Sholes Is Paying It Forward

Our Maywood HOPE Center has a great relationship with The Bell Salvation Army Shelter. I met Mr. Sholes at one of the Credit Workshops I presented at the Salvation Army Facility. He had been living in the Salvation Army Shelter for over a year, when he visited a workshop presentation. Afterwards Mr. Sholes came to see me to get help with credit issues. I helped Mr. Sholes negotiate some collection accounts that...

HOPE Coalition America Birmingham Helps Small Business Owners Plan for Disaster Recovery

Operation HOPE’s financial disaster recovery and preparedness division, HOPE Coalition America (HCA), joined the Birmingham Business Resource Center and the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Disaster Assistance – Field Operations Center East to hold a Financial Disaster Preparedness and Recovery event in observance of National Preparedness Month, at the Innovation Depot to give local small...

Sevan Torossian Takes Mantle With Box Advance Partnership

In late June, HOPE’s own Sevan Torossian was selected as a Box MVP (Most Valuable Professional) program to continue the efforts carefully laid by Chief Technology Officer Allen  Yekikian, who passed away in May this year.  He was able to join the program kick-off in San Francisco, an exclusive event at Box headquarters, in San Francisco. “Box, like Operation HOPE takes relationships seriously,” said Sevan....

Debra Collins, HOPE Executive Assistant, Shares Her Struggle in Her First Book

HOPE’s own Debra Collins, executive assistant to Division President Lance Triggs, stepped into HOPE CEO John Hope Bryant’s shoes for a moment on Sunday July 14th, to talk about her recently published memoir, Crossing Over Boundaries to a packed audience at the Glendale Central Library.

HOPE Fellow Brian LeTourneau: Theory in Practice

My name is Brian LeTourneau and I've been with Operation HOPE for 1 year now, serving in the capacity of IT fellow. I'm currently a graduate student enrolled in the Masters of Information Systems program at Cal State Los Angeles University.

HOPE Fellow Lauren Stewart: Communication Empowers

As a fellow, I experience the overwhelming support that comes with those at HOPE believing in your potential, first hand. What is even more fulfilling, is knowing the power that can come from opportunities Operation HOPE provides, and paying it forward on virtual social media platforms.

Celebrating 21 Years

HOPE employees look back at their favorite memories over the past 21 years.

Stories of HOPE: NY’s Sammy Saunders

Welcome to our new Friday feature- Stories of HOPE! We will be focusing on testimonials from clients to hear about the different ways that HOPE has helped them. Today, we hear from three clients about their experiences receiving home foreclosure assistance from Sammy Saunders, Community Lending Consultant, HOPE Financial Dignity Center New York.

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