When Angele Hawkins and Tom Cook were serving on a nonprofit board together, through many conversations they realized that Atlanta had a number of organizations serving specific needs of people in hardship. Yet there were few, if any, offering complete training to unemployed or underemployed men and women who were motivated to become self-sustaining.
New Hope Enterprises was founded in 2009 to serve people who had fallen into poverty and could find no way out; those who were living in shelters, aging out of foster care, former offenders and people without the know-how to hold down a job.
After thorough research into successful workforce development programs elsewhere, the founders chose the STRIVE model to use at New Hope. STRIVE began over 30 years ago and has succesfully trained thousands of hard-to-employ men and women, giving them a strong foundation of work comportment skills that are proven to result in higher job retention rates.
New Hope has merged with The Center for Working Families, Inc, and as a registered nonprofit, is Georgia’s only STRIVE affiliate. Since 2010, over 700 graduates have completed training.