While most of the nation was enjoying the Labor Day weekend, Chicago marked its 500th homicide this year. According to CNN, 2016 has become one of Chicago’s most deadliest years in two decades.
The upward trend of violence and homicides in Chicago is tragic, impacting numerous families and communities. Chicago’s numbers hold significance to more than just the residents of the city. The true issue at hand is less about race and the color line, and more about class and poverty; “silver rights”, in addition to civil rights.
On August 25th, Azzie Lewis learned that she would no longer be employed with her employer of 20 years. Although this was an unexpected event, Ms. Lewis was determined to make the best of her situation. As a matter of fact, it inspired her to finally seek help from Operation HOPE. Ms. Lewis was referred to Operation HOPE by one of her friends a few months prior. Although Ms. Lewis sought HOPE, she was far from hopeless. She viewed her situation as an opportunity to achieve her dream of starting a business.read more
Spread the word! We’re looking to hire a Communications Fellow to work at our Atlanta HQ location. Preferred candidate is a graduate student, or an undergraduate student that has completed his/her junior year, with specialized skills in writing and research—developing compelling articles, blogs, and other content pieces for target audiences. Major/focused area of study: journalism, mass media arts, public relations, marketing, or other related communications field preferred.read more
On Tuesday, August 29th, 2016, Operation HOPE attended the “Crime is Toast” event, a signature breakfast hosted by the Atlanta Police Foundation. The event recognized the brave men and women of the Atlanta Police Department with outstanding service awards, including Meritorious Service, Purple Heart and Officer of the Year.read more
Operation HOPE’s First Time Home Buyers Workshops are more than just information sessions. Every HOPE Inside office affords individuals the resources and assistance to build their credit scores, opening the door to opportunities, like home ownership.read more
Building A Brighter Financial Future: HOPE Inside Tampa Provides Credit And Money Management Assistance At The Salvation Army
HOPE Inside Suntrust Bank in Tampa, Florida’s Credit and Money Management Workshop, in partnership with Salvation Army, was not your typical financial empowerment workshop. What made this session unique was the group’s collective eagerness to take control of their financial lives. Both male and female participants explored various money management techniques, while networking and connecting over the free luncheon. It became apparent that many of them shared similar financial woes.read more
HOPE Coalition America (HCA) negotiates on behalf of individuals and small businesses, serving as a financial advocate for underserved communities and neighborhoods affected by disasters. HCA advises clients on all of their options, guiding them step-by-step through the process.read more
Why risk my credit score with a credit card? This was a question that Latoya Saunders asked herself often. Latoya had always been hesitant to establish her credit. Over the years, she watched family members get into financial trouble with credit cards and didn’t understand how credit worked. Consequently, she never established her credit or experienced the advantages of having a good credit score.read more
When it comes to work, life and family, newer generations are indeed different from prior generations in numerous ways. For example, millennials are tech-savvy, multi-taskers and laser-focused on workplace advancement, versus employer loyalty. While millennials tend to leave the nest later, they are much more likely to accumulate large amounts of student debt. In contrast, Generation X-ers are fiercely independent, adaptable and loyal to the companies they work for. Baby boomers are known for their hardworking nature, and tend to be motivated by position, perks and prestige. Despite generational differences, Financial Wellbeing Coach, Milagros Agosto, believes everyone’s aspirations are fundamentally, the same.read more
Hello, my name is Shammoy Billings. I’m a 16-year old Communications Intern at Operation HOPE. I discovered Operation HOPE through Chelsea Clinton, after she introduced me to John Hope Bryant. I quickly became interested in Chairman Bryant as a mentor and role model. He showed me that I can do anything I set my mind to, regardless of the color of my skin.read more