2021 – HOPE expands training offerings through the launch of two new sector-based programs

HOPE launched a YouthBuild program, based on a proven international model, to prepare young adults for careers in green construction and horticulture, as well as for the high school equivalency exam. We also launched a new HVAC program, preparing jobseekers for promising career paths upgrading our city’s infrastructure to meet cleaner standards.


2020 – HOPE teams up with the Green Economy Network and Equitable Commute Project

These collaboratives address citywide challenges on a large scale, and further HOPE’s commitment to sustainability and green jobs


2020 – HOPE launches best-in-class remote job training curriculum in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

We doubled down on our digital literacy training, expanded our case management services, and worked with local employer partners to meet our community’s needs and prepare jobseekers for an evolving labor market


2018 – HOPE’s green jobs training programs moved back to the Bronx’s Hunts Point neighborhood, where Sustainable South Bronx first began!


2018 – HOPE Becomes a Citi Foundation Community Progress Maker

2017 – HOPE Awarded Historic Contract for Social Enterprise 

HOPE’s social enterprise, Intervine, receives $1.8 million in funding from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to expand our green sector transitional employment programs.

2016 – HOPE Executive Director Jennifer Mitchell wins Smart CEO Deals of Distinction Award

2015 – HOPE welcomes Sustainable South Bronx to its program initiatives

Expanding our footprint and empowering low-income residents through a new career sector in green construction and building maintenance

2014 – HOPE celebrates 30 years of transforming lives!

HOPE graduates shared their stories with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and we were awarded the Macquarie Group Foundation David Clarke Fellowship.

2013 – HOPE is honored!

We received tile New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals Workforce Award and were selected as a Bank of America Neighborhood Builder. We were also accepted to the competitive Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge and the Greater NY Program through the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.

2010 – 2011

Barbara Edward Delsman retires after 20 years of service as Executive Director and Development Director.

Jennifer Mitchell takes the reins following more than a decade leading programs for The Doe Fund.

2004 – HOPE celebrates its 20th year of transforming lives

2003 – HOPE officially launches our Job Retention and Career Advancement programming

This includes opportunities for advanced training, career coaching, job replacement assistance, tax and financial literacy services and more

2002 – HOPE moves to its new location, 1 Smith Street in Downtown Brooklyn

1999 – HOPE serves its 1,000th student!

1993 – HOPE becomes one of Robin Hood Foundation’s first grantees

This partnership has lasted more than 20 years and resulted in more than $7 million invested in HOPE students and graduates.

1988 – HOPE Moves to St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn Heights.


1984 – HOPE is founded in Manhattan by Deborah MacFarlane-Antoine, a PhD student at Columbia University.

She was serving as a soup kitchen volunteer and decided that she could put her education to good use and help break the cycle of poverty for the individuals she saw each day. She launched a program for eight individuals. They worked on resumes and interviews, and all eight secured jobs! When all eight lost their jobs shortly thereafter Dr. MacFarlane realized that much more support and training was needed to fuel workforce success. Today, HOPE’s comprehensive model still reflects the diverse needs of our students. helping them to not only secure employment but to retain jobs and grow in their careers.