We provide support to individuals impacted by violence and incarceration through mentorship, reentry services, and community engagement.
Providing strength-based support
Welcome to Project Hope CA (PHCA), where our mission is to support individuals impacted by violence and incarceration through mentorship, reentry services, and community engagement. Established in 2018 as a grassroots movement of dedicated volunteers, we began by addressing the pressing need for access to local community resources in under-resourced areas of Los Angeles County.
We offer a variety of empowering support services
The Work and Gain Education & Employment Skills (WAGEES) Program assists youth and young adults impacted by the criminal legal system and prepares them for livable wage employment through education, training, case management, paid work experiences, mentorship, conflict resolution, and leadership development. In addition, the program aids in job placement into unsubsidized employment and/or further education.
Community Engagement Initiatives
We're committed to strengthening community relationships and providing access to vital resources. Our community engagement efforts include our monthly "CommUNITY Pull-Ups" and "Hope Fests", connecting communities impacted by violence to vital resources. Additionally, we co-led the establishment of the Pomona CAP, a coalition in Pomona dedicated to advancing violence prevention and fostering healing through collective action.
Ending the cycle of violence & empowering communities
"The WAGEES Program changed my life. At first, I was hesitant to open up. But they provided me a safe space and didn’t judge me; they accepted me as I am. Now, thanks to the program, I have a few certificates under my belt, I’m employed, and I’m about to start my first semester of college this Fall.”
- Program Participant
"Project Hope has been life-changing for me. My family and I experienced a lot of difficulties trying to access resources, but I was able to attend a CommUNITY Pull-Up and learn about various resources in my area. I now have access to mental health and mentoring services for my kids."
- Community Member
"When I was referred to Project Hope, I was close to dropping out of high school and was caught up with my homies. But thanks to their support, guidance, and belief in me, I graduated high school this year and am in a paid work experience that is preparing me for my future career goals. I recommend this program to anyone who is looking for a better future."