The Hyde Park Organizational Partnership for Empowerment (HOPE) was first conceived during the 1992 Los Angeles civil unrest as an answer to the violence and destruction wrought in the streets of the Hyde Park community. As community members continued to work together to address pressing issues, the need for a more structured effort became apparent. The initial organizational meeting to discuss creating a formal group was held at Ascension Lutheran Church in 1995.
In 1996, HOPE moved into donated offices at St. John the Evangelist Church. As the work continued, neighborhood block clubs and Steering Committees were formed to target specific issues.
In July of 1999, Articles of Incorporation were filed to formalize the organization as a legal 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit and a Board of Directors was established. Our first Board President was Helen Coleman.
Led by current Board President Winnifred Jackson, HOPE plays a critical role in outreach, coordination, organization and mobilization of the Hyde Park community. Volunteer staff, Board members, community members and generous donations have driven HOPE’s consistent and impressive accomplishments. Among these accomplishments are the certification of a neighborhood council in 2001, which today is known as the Park Mesa Heights Community Council.
HOPE has been instrumental in the formation and support of several Hyde Park community groups that work in coalition to transform Hyde Park into a more vibrant and active community.
HOPE provides unlimited opportunities for volunteers, interns, investors and other resource persons to mobilize and organize in collaboration to transform the vision for Hyde Park into reality.