May 29, 2020 | Hope Hillsborough |
Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality, Inc. HOPE "HOPE has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” St. Augustine 5103 N. Central Ave. Tampa, Florida 33603 813-221-HOPE (4673) www.HillsboroughHOPE.org FB: HOPE – Hillsborough Organization HILLSBOROUGH ORGANIZATION FOR PROGRESS AND EQUALITY, Inc. 5103 N. Central Avenue Tampa, FL 33603 813-221-HOPE (4673) HOPE@HillsboroughHOPE.org HOPE 2020 INFORMATION PACKET Table of Contents I. HOPE MISSION • Mission and Track Record • 2020 Member Organizations • 2020 Board of Directors • Organizational Structure II. HOPE CURRENT ISSUES • Affordable Housing for Working Families and Seniors • Criminal Justice & Behavioral Health Reform III. HOPE FINANCES • 2020 Budget • 2019 Corporate Investors • 2019 Individual Investors • IRS 501(C) 3 Tax Exempt Status Letter • 2020 Corporate Investment Sheet "HOPE has two beautiful daughters. Their names are Anger and Courage; Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are." St. Augustine HILLSBOROUGH ORGANIZATION FOR PROGRESS AND EQUALITY, Inc. The Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality (HOPE) is a multi-issue community organization, currently consisting of 23 multicultural and interfaith congregations throughout Hillsborough County. HOPE is a non-profit, 501(c) 3 tax-exempt, non-partisan, community organization, founded and incorporated in Florida in 1988. The Mission of HOPE is to achieve a greater degree of justice and fairness in the institutions impacting people’s lives, by training residents to identify community problems, research long-term solutions, and engage decision makers to implement the solutions to improve the quality of life in our county. HOPE is not a direct service provider. Track Record of Results Housing and Homelessness • Affordable Housing: Got the County to pass a County Ordinance, the “HOPE Affordable Housing Act”, establishing a county Affordable Housing Trust Fund of at least $10 million annually of local funds to create, rehab and preserve affordable housing for working families and seniors with low incomes. • Birth Certificates and IDs: Persuaded Hillsborough County to establish a Birth Certificates and ID Homeless Assistance program, enabling people to get housing and employment so they could get off the streets. Over 2,800 birth certificates and IDs were given to homeless people in the first 4 years. • Expedited Rent Assistance: Got Hillsborough County and the Clerk of the Circuit Court to expedite rent assistance checks to landlords within 11 days, instead of several months, to maintain people in housing. Juvenile Justice • Hillsborough Civil Citation Program: Successfully got the State Attorney, Chief Judge, Public Defender, Sherriff and Police Chief to expand local Civil Citation program, avoiding the arrests of 800 children annually. • Civil Citation/Arrest Avoidance: Helped expand FL Civil Citation law so children under 18 may receive Civil Citation program for misdemeanor offenses up to 3 times instead of arrest, and all counties must to have a program. Health Care • Elder Care: Got County to increase in-home services for seniors to live healthy and with dignity in their homes, by allotting $2.5 million to Department of Aging Services serving an additional 1,500 seniors annually. • Dental Services: Persuaded the County Health Department and two federally qualified Health Centers to advocate for funding, develop, and implement a plan to increase dental services for at least 15,000 people at 200% or below poverty, leading to 26 new dental chairs and double the number of dental patients. • Behavioral Health: Helped to get a 2011 Bill to expand Drug Court so 4,000 more non-violent offenders could get needed substance abuse treatment, instead of going to jail. Employment • Fair Chance Hiring: Persuaded Tampa City Council to pass the Tampa Criminal History Screening Practices Ordinance that removed question of past arrests to reduce discrimination and open doors to jobs for more people. • Training: Encouraged Hillsborough Community College to develop 9 Fast-Track Job Skill Certificate Programs and an outreach plan to connect unemployed people with training in job skills needed to obtain employment. Public Transportation • Bus Service: Encouraged HART to extend late-night bus service until 1:00 A.M. on 8 priority bus routes during the week and 2 extra hours on weekends, as well as construct bus shelters at identified locations. Education Reform • Suspensions: Got the School District to establish the Alternative-to-out-of-School-Suspension (ATOSS) program, which supervises and protects the GPAs of thousands of suspended children each year. Secured a commitment from the school district to not suspend children out of school for tardiness. • Reading: Positively impacted the reading success of thousands of low-income children in K - 3rd grade, and now Special Education, through implementation of a phonics-based reading program called Direct Instruction (DI). Secured $921,000 of state funding for Hillsborough County School District to implement DI in 10 schools and $7.25 million during the 2000 Legislative Session for use of DI in 7 Florida School Districts. Neighborhood Improvement • Rezoning: Reclaimed a historic, residential, African-American neighborhood, Dobyville, by reversing 1950 Industrial Zoning to Residential and Mixed-Use Zoning, leading to the development of new and old housing. • Demolition: Successfully encouraged the Mayor of Tampa to demolish and clean up the abandoned Belmont Heights Lumber Company, a dangerous health, safety, and fire hazard in the community. • Sidewalks: Convinced the City of Tampa to construct a 1.2-mile sidewalk on 22nd Street in East Tampa at a cost of $65,000 to the City of Tampa, which led to construction of many other sidewalks. • Code Enforcement: Persuaded Tampa City Council to rehabilitate or demolish 200 condemned buildings and cut over 100 gravely overgrown empty lots, resulting in a 50% increase in Tampa Code Enforcement Budget. • Infrastructure: Obtained traffic signs, street repair, drainage, and upgraded street lighting in Belmont Heights, Ybor City, Tampa Heights and Jackson Heights from Tampa’s Department of Public Works. Funding Resources HOPE is funded 3 ways: 1) Membership Dues from member organizations; 2) Investments from individuals, small businesses, and local corporations; and 3) Non-governmental grants. Do not seek United Way or government funds. HILLSBOROUGH ORGANIZATION FOR PROGRESS AND EQUALITY, Inc. HOPE 2020 MEMBERSHIP • Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, Ybor City, Pastor, Rev. Dr. Glenn Dames • Bible-Based Fellowship Church, Carrollwood, Pastor, Rev. Anthony C. White • First United Church of Tampa, West Tampa, Pastor, Rev. Dr. Bernice Powell Jackson • Holsey Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, East Tampa, Pastor, Rev. Anita D. Williams • Islamic Community of Tampa, Temple Terrace, Imam Ahmad Sharaf • Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, Port Tampa, Pastor, Rev. James T. Golden • Nativity Catholic Church, Brandon, Pastor, Fr. John G. Tapp • New Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, East Tampa, Pastor, Rev. Paul Buster • New Smyrna Full Gospel Cathedral, East Tampa, Pastor, Rev. Enrique Brooks • Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, South Tampa, Pastor, Rev. John DeBovoise • St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Brandon, Pastors, Rev. Gary Rideout and Rev. Jayne Rideout • St. Catherine of Alexandria Episcopal Church, Temple Terrace, Pastor, Vacant • St. James House of Prayer Episcopal Church, Central Tampa, Pastor, Fr. Steve Clifton • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Citrus Park, Pastor, Fr. Bob Douglas • St. Paul Lutheran Church, Central Tampa, Pastor, Rev. Gabriel Morgan • St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, Central Tampa, Pastor, Fr. Theo Weria • Tampa First Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Central Tampa, Pastor, Rev. Brad Cassell • The Ma’At Project, Central Tampa, President, Andre Hill • The Portico United Methodist Church, Downtown Tampa, Pastor, Rev. Justin LaRosa • Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, West Tampa, Pastor, Rev. Alton McGriff • Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa, Temple Terrace, Pastor, Vacant • Victory African Methodist Episcopal Church, Progress Village, Pastor, Rev. Michael B. Price Currently HOPE is comprised of 21 diverse congregations that represent a mix of race, culture and religious traditions with membership throughout Hillsborough County. The member congregations work together to resolve member-identified community problems impacting the quality of life. Like no other organization in Hillsborough County, HOPE brings large numbers of people from different backgrounds together to work as equals to achieve long-term solutions to tackle serious community problems of mutual interest. HILLSBOROUGH ORGANIZATION FOR PROGRESS AND EQUALITY, Inc. 2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS* ELECTED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS Co-President: Rev. Anthony White, Bible-Based Fellowship Church Co-President: Pastor Brad Cassell, Tampa First 7th-Day Adventist Church Vice President: Fr. John Tapp, Nativity Catholic Church Treasurer: Lois Price, First United Church of Tampa Recording officer: Sherre Henley, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Correspondence officer: Robert Boileau, Unitarian Universalist Church Finance officer: Carol Harlow, St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church At-large officer: Arlene Aranha, St. James House of Prayer Episcopal Church At-large officer: Rev. Dr. Bernice Powell Jackson, First United Church of Tampa At-large officer: Sandra Mitchell, Victory AME Church At-large officer: Cynthia Jones, Allen Temple AME Church APPOINTED BOARD MEMBER REPRESENTATIVES Antionette Davis, Bible-Based Fellowship Church Char Lerch, Nativity Catholic Church Rev. Joe Johnson, Holsey Temple CME Church Candy Gale, Unitarian Universalist Church Sherre Henley, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Ann Pointer, The Portico, campus of Hyde Park UMC Church Gretchen DelSavio, St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church Casey Davis, Bible-Based Fellowship Church Sharon Ladson, Mt. Zion AME Church – Port Tampa John O’Keefe, The Islamic Community of Tampa Bommi Theodore, St. Peter Catholic Church Rev. Paul Buster, New Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Jim Clark, St. Paul Lutheran Church Rev. Alton McGriff, Trinity CME Church Pastor Enrique Brooks, New Smyrna Full Gospel Cathedral Church * The HOPE Board consists of Executive Officers elected by the Convention and Representatives appointed by member organizations. HOPE Board Members must belong to a HOPE member organization. HILLSBOROUGH ORGANIZATION FOR PROGRESS AND EQUALITY, Inc. ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE The HOPE MEMBERSHIP is open to any* organization which subscribes to HOPE's goals and purposes. All applicants for membership must be approved by HOPE Membership and pay an annual membership dues based on the number within its membership. The CONVENTION, which brings hundreds of delegates together from member organizations, is HOPE's ultimate authority. Delegates vote to prioritize community problems identified through community listening processes, receive issue reports, approve new member organizations, make amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws, and elect the Executive Committee of HOPE's Board of Directors. The ISSUE RESEARCH COMMITTEES, which consists of people interested in working on a specific community problem, meets to research and develop recommendations to address a specific prioritized community problem. The RALLY, which consists of hundreds of leaders, hears and approves recommended action proposals to address the community problems from Issue Research Committees. The public NEHEMIAH ACTION, which mobilizes hundreds of community members to engage identified officials with the authority to act on the proposals. The BOARD OF DIRECTORS, which consists of elected Executive Officers and leaders appointed by member groups, meets monthly to develop and implement policy decisions, receive funds and authorize expenditures, and oversee HOPE activities. HOPE Board members must belong to a HOPE member organization. HOPE STAFF, who train and work with members to carry out the activities of HOPE, are accountable to HOPE’s Board of Directors. The Board hires and ]directs the activities of a Lead Organizer. The Lead Organizer hires and supervises all other staff. * Except not politically partisan groups HOPE is affiliated with the DART (Direct Action & Research Training Center) Network Tampa Bay Times September 6, 2019 Hillsborough County to spend $10 million a year on affordable housing Commissioners vote to create housing trust fund to build and preserve affordable housing with half earmarked for low-income poorest families. By Christopher O'Donnell Sweetwater Villas, one of the newest affordable housing complexes in Hillsborough County, was built through a county partnership with Blue Sky Communities. This week, Hillsborough County committed to make $10 million available annually for an affordable housing trust fund. TAMPA — Until he became homeless, Terry Lofton was spending more than half of his monthly disability check on the $500 rent for a one-room studio. Now he is sleeping on his cousin’s floor. “It’s embarrassing,” said Lofton, 61, who has recently worked as a security guard and housekeeper. For the past six years, the faith-based group HOPE has battled to get Hillsborough County leaders to make a long-term commitment to provide housing for people like Lofton, who struggle with the Tampa Bay region’s rising rental costs. So, the group celebrated this week as the county’s new Democrat-majority commission pledged to set aside $10 million every year for an affordable housing trust fund. The fund will be used both as a subsidy and incentive for the construction and preservation of affordable housing. Construction will be done through partnerships with non-profit groups and affordable housing developers. The money can also be used to purchase land suitable for affordable housing. At least half the money must be spent on housing for low-income families. That includes 30 percent for households categorized as “very-low income.” Based on federal calculations used for housing vouchers, a household of four people would need a combined gross income of less than $33,500 to meet that criteria. “Investing in ways to increase access to affordable housing is critically important to our communities,” said Commissioner Kimberly Overman. “When we don’t, we end up with homelessness.” Recent studies have shown how difficult it is for Tampa Bay’s lowest paid families to keep a roof over their head. The $1,133 average rent for a two-bedroom apartment here is well beyond the reach of minimum wage and other low- paid workers, a study released in June by the National Low Income Housing Coalition found. A salary of $21.79 an hour — more than $13 above the state’s minimum wage — would be needed for that rent to be “affordable,” which is defined as spending no more than 30 percent of a person’s income on rent. Households that exceed that threshold risk spiraling into debt. The crisis has been exacerbated by the Florida Legislature continually raiding the statewide Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust. Since 2001, lawmakers have siphoned more than $2 billion from the trust into general revenue, according to a Senate report. The money for Hillsborough’s new trust will come from the county’s general fund. Commissioner Sandy Murman said she is concerned a majority of the money will end up being spent inside the city of Tampa at the expense of unincorporated Hillsborough. “We’re doing a huge favor to the city of Tampa by doing this,” Murman said. “The Mayor should be sending us a grand thank you note.” But other commissioners said it makes sense to build affordable housing close to work centers and proposed transit routes expected to be funded by the transportation sales tax. The creation of a housing trust fund is a significant u-turn for the county. In recent years, it made money available for low-cost housing — as much as $5.1 million in 2018 — but commissioners had been reluctant to make the long-term commitment required for a trust. Commission Chairman Les Miller acknowledged that it was the persistence of members of HOPE, which is made up of members of local churches, that led the board to relent. Its members frequently packed commission meetings wearing purple HOPE T-shirts. “Your tenacity on this issue for the last six or seven years has been frightening to a certain extent,” Miller joked. “You hung in there.” The vote was welcomed by former Republican commissioner Victor Crist, one of the few members of the previous board who consistently voted for a housing trust fund. “The cost of living has been growing significantly in Florida, most especially in Tampa Bay, and the need for affordable housing has become very critical,” he said. Hillsborough County Commission Eyes Affordable Housing Trust Fund By TI'ANNA DAVIS • JULY 24, 2019 WUSF PUBLIC MEDIA According to the latest data from the U.S Census Bureau, 1,408,566 people live in Hillsborough County. Since the 2010 census, that population has increased by more than 14 percent, exasperating the need for affordable housing. DAYLINA MILLER / WUSF PUBLIC MEDIA Hillsborough County Board Commissioners held a public hearing last week about a proposed budget allocation for affordable housing. In April, the commission directed the County Attorney’s Office to draft an ordinance for an affordable housing trust fund in an amount of $10 million a year. There is a remainder of a $5 million budget that will be added onto the new budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, according to the commissioners. During the hearing, members of the housing advocacy organization, Hillsborough Organization for Progress & Equality, expressed gratitude to the commission for creating a plan aimed at addressing Hillsborough County's affordable housing crunch. Debra Livingston, a member of HOPE, explained the importance of giving the money to families in need. “We have to ensure that this money is prioritized for the needed workforce who have wages at thirty- two thousand dollars and below for they're the ones who suffer the most and have very few options for decent housing that's affordable.” The majority of new construction in Hillsborough County, especially in Tampa city limits, has been for upper end luxury housing. Many of these units are too expensive for even middle-income earners like teachers, police officers, and customer service representatives. Gretchen DelSavio of HOPE, stated how the community would like the commissioners to create an ordinance that clarifies how any money will be spent. “And also we need them to have a funding source that is set aside in the budget, so that it is ongoing,” she said. The ordinance for affordable housing is set to be released August 7th and another public hearing is scheduled for August 21st. According to a recent report, Floridians must work the equivalent of three full-time minimum wage jobs just to afford a modestly priced two-bedroom apartment in the state. Study: It's Now Even Harder To Find Affordable Housing In Florida WUSF Radio • JUL 5, 2019 By TI'ANNA DAVIS The National Low Income Housing Coalition ranks Florida as the 15th most expensive state when it comes to how much someone has to make to afford a two-bedroom apartment. Floridians must work the equivalent of three full-time minimum wage jobs just to afford a modestly priced two-bedroom apartment in the state. The number of hours someone earning Florida’s minimum wage must work to afford the rent on such a home increased from 104 work hours per week in 2018 to 108 hours this year, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Florida’s affordable housing ranked as the 15th most expensive state this year by what’s called the “state housing wage.” In 2019, people would have to make $22.86 per hour, up from $21.50 last year, to afford the average rent of $1,189 a month, up from $1,118. Minimum wage in Florida is currently $8.46 an hour. Char Lerch is a member of the Hillsborough Organization for Progress & Equality (HOPE). The group has been working to improve the low-income housing for minimum wage workers and address other issues that affect the community. Lerch said Hillsborough County families that are living in the same rental as five years ago are now paying twice as much as they did then. On April 17, the Hillsborough County Commission directed the County Attorney’s Office to draft an ordinance for an affordable housing trust fund in an amount of $10 million a year. On June 19, the HOPE organization asked commissioners for a progress report on the ordinance, as well as attempted to find out exactly how that $10 million budget will be spent. “If you just throw money at the problem without (knowing) how it can be spent, the people who need it the most will not receive that assistance,” Lerch said. She encourages people who are concerned about the lack of affordable housing in the region to speak up. “The biggest thing that you can do is join together with us because the more people that are united to bringing it to the commissioners’ attention that this problem is not going away, that it is getting worse, the more likely they are to act and act well,” Lerch said. Tampa Bay Times - April 2, 2019 Hillsborough further expands civil citation program for first-time juvenile offenses The program aims to allow children who commit minor crimes to avoid having an arrest on their record. By Dan Sullivan TAMPA — When Hillsborough County leaders agreed to increase the use of civil citations for first-time juvenile offenders in the summer of 2017, there were 13 offenses that were deemed ineligible for consideration. Now, the number of offenses is down to five. Touting what he called "the next step in the evolution of criminal justice reform in Hillsborough County," State Attorney Andrew Warren said Monday that the county has dramatically expanded the number of offenses eligible for juvenile civil citations to include nearly all misdemeanor crimes. That means even more kids who have never been in trouble before will be able to avoid having an arrest on their record. "Our law enforcement partners in the trenches see the benefits of this," Warren said. "Having them embrace it is key." Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister and Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan were among the local leaders who signed an agreement last week to expand the Juvenile Arrest Avoidance Program. The idea is to offer a probation-style diversion program to first-time juvenile offenders in lieu of arrest and prosecution. Juveniles who receive the citations must agree to accept responsibility for the crime and enter a diversion program, which can include community service or restitution. The list of eligible crimes previously included things like petty theft, misdemeanor marijuana possession, resisting arrest without violence, and carrying a concealed weapon. The new agreement also includes family violence — a form of battery in which the victim is a parent or a sibling — as one of the crimes eligible for a civil citation. Warren said the challenge of including it hinged on having a shelter location where law enforcement officers can take juveniles to cool off after a family conflict. They found such a place with the Hillsborough County Children's Services Lake Magdalene Campus. With their parent's consent, juveniles accused of family violence will now be taken to the shelter facility, where they can receive counseling and academic services. Other previously ineligible offenses that are part of the expansion include exhibition of a weapon, lewd and lascivious acts, disorderly intoxication, and reckless driving. A 2016 report compiled by the Children's Campaign and other child advocacy groups reported that Hillsborough lagged behind its neighboring Tampa Bay area counties in its use of juvenile civil citations. The program's expansion in 2017 was an effort to remedy that. In the 18 months since, Warren said they've seen successes that include a low rate of re-offending after a juvenile goes through the civil citation program. In 2018, Hillsborough law enforcement officers issued about 75 juvenile civil citations per month, according to data provided by Warren's office. Since January, that number has increased to about 90 civil citations per month. Statistics compiled by the Administrative Office of the Courts show that the two most common offenses for which juveniles received civil citations, by far, were marijuana possession and petty theft. The latest agreement denotes five specific offenses that are not eligible for the juvenile civil citations. They are domestic battery (not including family violence), assault on a school employee or law enforcement officer, violation of an injunction, driving under the influence, and racing. Warren said his office will continue to monitor data on the outcomes of civil citation programs before deciding whether to expand it further. A potential next step, he said, would be to offer citations for second-time misdemeanor offenses. Contact Dan Sullivan at email@example.com or (813) 226-3386. Follow @TimesDan. HILLSBOROUGH ORGANIZATION FOR PROGRESS AND EQUALITY HOPE, Inc. Income and Expenses Projected 2020 INCOME Congregation Membership Dues $28,000 Individual Investments $67,000 Corporate Investments $75,000 Non-Governmental Grants $40,000 TOTAL INCOME $210,000 EXPENDITURES Organizing & Training Personnel $150,000 Membership & Staff Leadership Training 37,000 Research & Issue Development/Facilities $6,000 Office & Supplies $17,000 TOTAL EXPENDITURES $210,000 HOPE also relies on the in-kind contribution of thousands of hours of volunteer time during the year to carry out our mssion to achieve long-term systemic changes that improve the vitality and health of our community. HILLSBOROUGH ORGANIZATION FOR PROGRESS AND EQUALITY, Inc. 2019 CORPORATE INVESTORS Raymond James Bank Third Federal Savings & Loan Association Florida Blue Cadence Bank DDA Development Electric Supply Blue Sky Communities Suncoast Credit Union Iberia Bank PAR Carter Multifamily Central Bank Accusoft GHD Services Centerstate Bank Regions Bank HILLSBOROUGH ORGANIZATION FOR PROGRESS AND EQUALITY, Inc. 2019 HOPE Individual Investors $1,000 and above Lois Price Robert Yizar Arlene Aranha Robert Boileau Candy Gale & Russ Patterson In memory of Rev. Dr. John & Carol Streater Rev. Bernice Powell Jackson Bonnie & James Ussery In memory & honor of Yvonne Lipke from Alan Fr. Ed & Sherre Henley Gretchen DelSavio Kaitlyn Hicks Patricia Bastille Sharon Daniels $500 - $999 Rev. Anthony & Sonya White Fr. Robert & Elaine Douglas Nativity Church Women’s Guild Pat Lynn Jay Cortright Dan Purdom Judy Barzelay Char Lerch Don & Nancy Waters Cynthia & Hiram Jones Debra Livingston Dr. John & Priss Streater Gene Pizzo & Joan Lund $300 - $499 Barb Toepke Antionette & Casey Davis Ann Pointer Fr. John Tapp Tim Bergevin Gerald & Willa Peterson Carol & Wayne Faust CL & Ione Townsend Justin LaRosa Errol & Jean Kirk David Hendry Beth Veeneman Sayanah & David Glicksberg $200 - $299 Bill & Harriet Blymiller Brian Braley Doug Rhea Dottie Mann Hilrie Kemp Jim Clark Lydia Boutros Vyline Beaupierre Maenell Means Mary Allen Mary Hubbard-Giesz Tom & Lyn Mattingly Beverly Ward Sue Winter Earl Conteh-Morgan Tea Relijic Abdallah Mattar Ahmad Yousef In honor & memory of Carol Partington Arthur Dunnigan Artie Fryer Ben Pieczynski Betsy Chapman Marilynn Pasden Bill Weiskop Carol Harlow Daphne Thomas David & Kathy Reddy Donna Shamblin Dr. Sara Anderson Powell Dr. Ziad Taha Fran & Lou Weissing Everard Smith Frank LaMetterey Gamal Gasser Gayle Robson Kathy Thompson Ginger Carrino Hatem Fariz Pam Emery In honor of Yvonne Lipke by Nathan Jane Pacheco Janet Williams John & Mary Bennett Joseph Buczek July & Ralph Lehman Marla Frazer Dr. Navita & Julius James Deborah & Thomas Hamilton Karla Edwards Kristopher Bryant Lara Joynes-Whidden Lorrin Shepard Loretta Rogers Toombs Lula J. Dovi Mareda Kennedy Julia Waltz Mary Samuel Reid Maureen Baez Merrilyn & Carl Crosson Michelle Dennard Nasim Washah Noor Salhab Osama Kayali Pr. Brad Cassell Phyllis Sieboldt Rev Gabriel Morgan Rev McGriff Rhonda Scott Sandra Mitchell Shaikh Ahmad Sharaf Shaquita Stewart Sheila Simmons Tribble Susan Hughes Susan Mitchell Tempie Taudte Thaddeus Bereday Timothy Stoughton Karl Olson Tracey L. Uddin In memory of Cliff Neuffer The Best Office Support Services “The Boss” In memory of Dr. Margaret Watts $100 - $199 Amy Morantes Christine & Chuck Smith Jay Butler Madison Veeneman Jeanne Glogowski Josue Mazariegos Judith Lane & James Wade Eric Buchner Mark Gatzke Mary J Wolgemuth Russell S. Kirby, PHD Rev. Joe Johnson Jeff Davis Liani Sanchez Helen Taylor Joyce A. Formica John Day Conni Raymont Belinda & Rich Kicak Christina Pertretich-Elgendi Diana Stevens & Grant Wilson Diane Anderson Gwen Givens Ed & Pat Benedict Julianne Harcombe Gigi Van Doren Gwen Givens Jean McCann Joyce & Lewis Ellsworth Leila Mizer James White Karen Rodriguez Nancy Plate Margie Johnson Melvin James Migdalia Morales Nas Benkaa Kaa Pamela Jo Hatley Sharon Ladson William & Helen Simons Sunil Chacko Susan Hicks Ernestine Wynn Edward Brekhus Trude Katherine Diamond Ed Cronyn William Camp Lynnette Parrish $50 to $99 Thomas Krumreich Amanda Garces David Stickell Lucretia Murphy Weini Beyen Mel Underbakke Alva Jean Sargent Amber Morrow Ambrielle Johnson David Rivera Dianna Carter Donna & Rick Alvarez Larraine Williams-Nunn Fran Davin Jae Polcyn Karole Peace Maria Javier Mark Stone Mark Zduniak Mary Massie Alexis Redig Natalie Benham Peggy Paul Penny Noriega Sherry Watkins Richard Isinghood Robert Capellini Also, thanks to the 27 additional HOPE Investors who invested under $50. HILLSBOROUGH ORGANIZATION FOR PROGRESS AND EQUALITY, Inc. 2020 CORPORATE INVESTMENT We thank you for making a financial investment in the ongoing work of HOPE to improve the quality of life for all persons in Hillsborough County through the civic participation of its members and their neighbors. Company Name Officer’s Name Title Company Address Zip Code Phone Number Date Our 2020 financial investment in the work of HOPE is $ _____________ Thank you again! In appreciation, we want to recognize your investment in our HOPE 32nd Anniversary Convention Booklet October 26, 2020 7:00 pm We are emailing our Company Logo (Please email to HOPE@HillsboroughHOPE.org ) Please make check payable to: HOPE, Inc. Send to: HOPE Inc. 5103 N. Central Ave. Tampa, FL 33603 (813-221-4673) Your investment in our community work has great returns! Reg #: CH3026 A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
What is HOPE?
HOPE is a multi-issue, grassroots, community organization consisting of 23 multicultural and interfaith member congregations throughout Hillsborough County, Florida.
HOPE’s mission is to promote justice, fairness, and the dignity of people — by engaging and training community members to effectively act together to achieve long term resolution to serious community problems impacting our families and neighbors.
We have HOPE for justice!
HOPE is a multi-issue, grassroots, community organization consisting of 23 multicultural and interfaith member congregations throughout Hillsborough County. HOPE is a non-partisan, private, non-profit, 501(c) 3, tax-exempt, community organization founded and incorporated in the State of Florida in 1988.
HOPE’s mission is to promote justice, fairness, and the dignity of people, by engaging and training people to responsibly and successfully act together to hold officials accountable to improve the systems affecting the quality of life in our communities. We do that by:
Training residents to identify common community problems experienced by families and neighbors
Meeting with local experts and decision-makers to better understand the problems and identify long-term solutions
Take action to hold decision-makers accountable to implement the long-term systemic solutions