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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.

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/Associate Executive Director

Armando Torreblanca

Program Director

Aida Escobar, M.S.

Research Consultant / Program Strategist

Raymon Becerra

Care Advocate

Lucy Ramos

Outreach Specialist

Jason Chico

Outreach Specialist/Mentor

Eddie Anguiano

College & Career Coach

KELLY KUO

Office Assistant

MAURICE ROOKS

Program Assistant

MIGUEL HUERTA

Youth Ambassador

ESTEBAN LOPEZ

Youth Ambassador

Our Board

Martin Mantilla

Entrepreneur/Consultant

Cecilia Mantilla

Influencer

Cristian Gutierrez

Actor

Roberta Espinoza

Co-Founder/Executive Director

Joe Louis Hernandez, Ph.D.

Director of Rising Scholars at Mt. San Antonio College

Jesus Venegas

CEO of Nocturnal Life Entertainment LLC

Our Funding Partners
Latino Coalition for Community Leadership