Hope Center, Inc. (HCI) is a non-profit organization that has a mission to empower individuals to become self sufficient, aid in the restoration of the family structure, and revitalize aging communities through effective initiatives that support and develop on-going success in the community and systemic change, which breaks the long-term cycle of poverty and hopelessness.

HCI was organized in 2000 and birth from the vision of The Hope of Glory Church International and is located in the Greater New Orleans area of Southeast Louisiana.

Hope Center’s target population are individuals crippled by extreme poverty, with a focus on youth ages 17-24 with high-levels of poverty, high-crime rates, low educational achievement, high infant mortality, and poor health practices, especially among minority groups.

HCI’s philosophy is that hope is the expectancy to believing that change is on the horizon. Hope begins now, burying the negative of the past and making an impact today for a positive tomorrow.

HCI’s overarching goal is to help close the wealth gap between the very low income and the wealthy in the Greater New Orleans area. The strategies that are currently being used to accomplish are

  • Help constituency engage in training and educational opportunities for long-term sustainability, not just entry-level, but also career-making jobs.
  • Help constituency engage in employment opportunities that will offer long-term sustainability.
  • Help constituency to register to vote informing them of candidates who are committed to closing the wealth gap.
  • Help constituency become homeowners and make sound investments for the future.
  • Increase access and effectiveness of life long learning opportunities, such as increasing the literary levels.
  • Strengthen and expand opportunities for positive youth development by providing positive youth enhancement services that address their diverse needs.
  • Expand the number of age-appropriate learning experiences available to out-of-school youth that maximizes their educational, occupational and survival skills.
  • Offer supportive services that eliminate barriers to and outcomes to close the wealth gap. 9) Urge leaders to develop policy to help working families.