What We Stand For
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.
Since our beginnings as a grassroots movement, we experienced growth and became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a dedicated focus on Reentry Services and Community Engagement.
Located in the vibrant City of Pomona, we are deeply committed to creating opportunities for individuals with current or prior criminal legal system involvement.
Through our reentry programs, we provide personalized support focused on personal, career, and educational growth through workforce development, educational access, and wraparound services.
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.
We support individuals impacted by violence and incarceration through mentorship, reentry services, and community engagement.
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.
Co-Founder/Associate Executive Director
Aida Escobar, M.S.
Research Consultant / Program Strategist
Care Advocate Trainee
Anthony 'AJ' Padilla
Joe Louis Hernandez, Ph.D.
Director of Rising Scholars at Mt. San Antonio College
CEO of Nocturnal Life Entertainment LLC