Made to Order Fashion: A HOPE Graduate Success Story

By: Stephanie Penceal, Small Business Program Manager, HOPE Financial Dignity Center NY Jasmin King, founder of Jasmin Made to Order Fashion, is a recent graduate of HOPE Financial Dignity Center New York’s Entrepreneurial Training Program. She and 28 other female entrepreneurs were selected for the ‘Count Me In’s Business Accelerator Program.’  Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, is the...

A new line of trade from America to Congo: A HOPE Graduate Success Story

By: Stephanie Penceal, Small Business Program Manager, HOPE Financial Dignity Center NY Agnes Dimandja graduated from the HOPE Financial Dignity Center New York’s Entrepreneurial Training Program in April 2013.  In the five months since, she’s continued developing her business, American-Congolese Trade Opportunities, Inc. With the assistance of two of HOPE’s community stakeholders, she recently achieved a...

Power in Art at HOPE NY

By Imani Bowen, Customer Service Administrator, HOPE Financial Dignity Center NY Mr. Gerald Timberlake is a rising superstar in the HOPE Financial Dignity Center New York. He originally signed up to be a participant in our Entrepreneurial Training Program with his partner Ms. Vauters in hopes of designing  eco-friendly clothing . Shortly after attending his first ETP class, Mr. Timberlake worked with Garrett White,...

Elruby Thomas: Making Technology Work for You

Elruby Thomas, President and CEO of Gotcha Techs Harlem, was featured on Bronxnet’s “Open” program where she discussed her company’s services. Gotcha Techs Harlem, teaches business owners how to utilize technology to boost their profit as well as the best materials to buy to make their work more efficient. During her time on air, Elruby told Bronxnet’s host, Bob Lee, about the advice she gives to small...

Getting Tech Savvy with SAGE, OATS, and A Little HOPE

  By: Donna Lynn Burton, Vice President, HOPE Financial Dignity Center NY   Operation HOPE NY, SAGE and OATS joined forces to teach computer literacy at the Harlem HOPE Center. SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. OATS engages, trains and supports older adults in using technology to improve...

Cyber Café Success

Back in July, Alexis Bryant came into the New York Financial Dignity Center and signed up for a membership. She had been referred to us by her case worker from the homeless shelter she was staying at.

HOPE for Health at Resource Fair

By Garrett White, Financial Consultant, HOPE Financial Dignity Center NY On Friday, July 26, I represented the  HOPE Financial Dignity Center New York at HealthFirst, a health festival and resource fair held at James Weldon Johnson Community Center in New York City.  The event hosted a huge crowd of all ages from the Johnson Houses and the surrounding areas. It was a festive event that celebrated summer as it also...

Nathan Press: HOPE NY Summer Intern Departs with Legacy

By Sammy Saunders, Community Lending Consultant, HOPE Financial Dignity Center NY   Nathan Press is a summer intern at the HOPE Financial Dignity Center New York. He is a Senior honors student at The Dalton School. He came to Operation HOPE through his extra-curricular involvement in Habitat for Humanity, the first and largest high school chapter in the city.  He helped develop it into a 200-student organization....

BOOF College Edition at John Jay College

By Omari Pearson, National Program Manager, Banking on Our Future College Edition On Monday, Jose Northover, Amy Chang, and Lauren Albers volunteered at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan to deliver a BOOF College edition to 250 incoming freshmen. Amy and Lauren interacted with students while Jose brought a high level of knowledge and expertise. After the presentation, many students had questions...

HOPE Workshop Empowers New York’s Budding Entrepreneurs

By Stephanie Penceal, Small Business Program Manager, HOPE Financial Dignity Center NY Twenty six aspiring entrepreneurs attended HOPE Financial Dignity Center New York‘s Small Business Workshop on July 9th. Students worked with Stephanie Penceal, Small Business Program Manager, covered the essentials of starting a business including: determining proper business entity, writing a business plan, and accessing...

New York Center Brings GED Assistance

By Denise Gordon, PH.D. and Donna Lynn Burton, Vice President, HOPE Financial Dignity Center NY Participants are now able to prepare for the GED Exam as well as obtain much needed information on how to and the importance of financial literacy at the HOPE Financial Dignity Center New York. Since December 2009, Operation HOPE in Harlem has welcomed participants who wish receive their GED.  Securing the GED is the...

Free NY Course Boosts Entrepreneurs

By Stephanie Penceal, Small Business Program Manager HOPE Financial Dignity Center New York’s Free Small Business Incubator takes place on the last Saturday of the month. Business owners can utilize office space, computers, wi-fi and faxing services, as well as receive technical assistance.  In this photo, Stephanie Penceal, the new Small Business Program Manager, meets with a business owner to discuss plans to...

Home First Down

HOPE Financial Dignity Center New York, located in Harlem, celebrated the graduation of 19 participants in a home buyer education event last week. With the help of Chase Bank, this graduation on Thursday was the second in our series. Chase partnered with Operation HOPE to host the event. Our leaders in the HOPE Center New York, Vice President, Donna Burton, and Community Lending Consultant, Sammy Saunders were proud...

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