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Project Hope CA (PHCA) was founded in 2018 as a grassroots initiative by the executive director, co-founder, and a team of dedicated volunteers. Our mission was to bridge the gap between residents in high-crime, limited-income neighborhoods and their local community resources.

By fostering connections and empowering individuals and families to access these resources through monthly community resource events (CommUNITY Pull-Ups), our aim was to facilitate healing from trauma, violence, and incarceration within these communities.

Today, we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in the city of Pomona and continue to serve individuals impacted by violence, trauma, and incarceration. All of our work is achieved through two focus areas: Reentry Services and Community Engagement.

"When I first got out (from incarceration), I had nowhere to go and felt hopeless. I couldn’t find work with a record. But Project Hope accepted me and walked me through the whole process. Thanks to them, I now have my high school diploma and a steady job. I also start college in a few months. Everyone who’s rebuilding their life after incarceration needs a program like Project Hope."

- Program Participant

Reentry Services

Our reentry programs provide economic stability and social support to returning citizens through job training and employment opportunities, postsecondary education, mentoring, intensive case management, and supportive services. In addition, we provide a community of support where participants experience a sense of belonging and culture of care.

Community Engagement Initiatives

Our organization spearheads monthly community resource events (CommUNITY Pull-Ups), bringing together more than 25 service providers and serving over 100 Pomona community members at each event. These events serve as a platform for community members to connect with a diverse range of resources, including community-based organizations, mental health, government agencies, schools, colleges, and healthcare providers.

Expanding upon our community engagement initiatives, in 2023, PHCA co-founded the Community Action for Peace (CAP) coalitions in Pomona and Puente Valley in partnership with the Los Angeles County Office of Violence Prevention and Rising Communities.

These coalitions bring together diverse stakeholders, including community members, nonprofits, churches, schools, and government agencies, to find solutions to pressing issues related to violence, provide safe spaces for healing, and drive sustainable change through collective action. To learn more about the CAP coalitions, please visit https://www.pomonacap.org.

Vision

We envision a world where violence is driven out by peace, equity, and opportunities for advancement; a world where every person, especially the marginalized and forgotten, thrives.

Mission

We support individuals impacted by violence and incarceration through mentorship, reentry services, and community engagement.

DEI STATEMENT

We are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment where everyone’s voice is celebrated and welcomed.

We value and embrace the diversity within our team, partners, and the communities we serve, actively working to dismantle systemic barriers, address disparities, and promote equity for historically marginalized groups.

We value the input and feedback of our participants, and we actively incorporate their perspectives into our program development and activities as a core practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that by creating opportunities for our participants to share their thoughts, ideas, and lived experiences, we can better understand their unique needs and tailor our programs to be more responsive and inclusive.

We continuously examine our practices, policies, and programs to ensure inclusivity and accessibility, collaborating with stakeholders to challenge inequities and advocate for social justice. By centering diversity, equity, and inclusion in our practices, policies, and programs, we strive to create positive change, empower individuals and communities, and build a more just and equitable society.

Our Team

Roberta Espinoza

Co-Founder / Executive Director

Jaime Espinoza

Co-Founder / Director of Community Relations

Armando Torreblanca

Associate Executive Director

Aida Escobar, M.S.

Research Consultant / Program Strategist

Raymon Becerra

Care Advocate

Lucy Ramos

Outreach Specialist

Eddie Anguiano

College & Career Coach

KELLY KUO

Office Assistant

Jason Chico

Program Support (Volunteer)

MAURICE ROOKS

Program Assistant

MIGUEL HUERTA

Youth Ambassador

ESTEBAN LOPEZ

Youth Ambassador

Our Board

Joe Louis Hernandez, Ph.D.

Director of Rising Scholars at Mt. San Antonio College

Patricia Lozano, MBA

Executive Assistant at California University of Science and Medicine

Martin Mantilla

Entrepreneur/Consultant

Cecilia Mantilla

Influencer

Cristian Gutierrez

Actor

Jesus Venegas

CEO of Nocturnal Life Entertainment LLC

Our Funding Partners
Latino Coalition for Community Leadership