The Hope Program

Work Readiness Training, Job Placement and Career Advancement

HOPE students come from all walks of life. Some have recently been laid off. Others have never worked or have not worked in many years. Some are grandparents and others are 18. Half of our students do not have a high school diploma or GED. Half have substance abuse histories and half have criminal backgrounds. 

HOPE offers two programs:  HOPEworks provides 12 weeks of classroom instruction for a wide range of careers.  GROCERYworks is an 8-week training program for men and women interested in working in the growing food retail industry.  Both programs meet 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday, just like a full-time job.                                                                                     

Classroom lessons focus on:

  • Completing paper and online job applications, writing cover letters, and creating resumes
  • Conducting successful job searches
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Gaining excellent customer service skills
  • Using office equipment
  • Computer skills, such as using email, typing, and learning Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Banking and saving

We offer GED preparation and test scheduling, as part of our classroom instruction, for students who need it. 

We also help students with criminal backgrounds prepare for interviews, review their RAP sheets, and identify job opportunities.

All HOPE students complete 200 hours of unpaid internship to gain work experience, professional references, and new skills. Once students complete the program, they work with an Employment Specialist to find a job.    

HOPE graduates become social service workers, office assistants, food preparers and cooks, maintenance workers, customer service representatives, healthcare professionals, and more. Roughly 70% of graduates find full-time employment, many within a month or two of completing the program.

A lifetime of career advancement services help graduates keep their jobs, get more education, build new skills, and increase their wages. Graduates also take advantage of HOPE's evening computer classes and GED tutoring services.


Getting Started At HOPE

Are you in need of a job?

To get started, attend an information session any Tuesday or Thursday at 8:45 am.

Info sessions include a tour of HOPE, meeting staff and other prospective students, learning about the program, and completing an application.

No appointment is necessary, but you must arrive on time.  Plan to spend 4-5 hours at HOPE.

Do you have clients to refer to HOPE?

Complete a referral form. Fax (718-852-9681) or email one form for each client.

Send clients to HOPE's information sessions, every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:45 am. 

For more information, click here.

Where do activities take place?

All activities, including information sessions and classes, take place at 1 Smith Street. HOPE is easily accessible via subway and bus lines.   

For more information, contact Elyssa, Director of Work Readiness Services, at 718-852-9307 Ext. 22.



The HOPE Program
One Smith Street, 4th Floor
Brooklyn, New York 11201-5111

T: 718.852.9307
F: 718.852.9681