Operation HOPE gives people the dignity, resources and the opportunity to achieve a level of self-determination in their lives.
Operation HOPE is "the private banker to the working poor, the underclass, and the struggling middle class," and the impact of our work can be felt on-the-ground, everywhere we operate. Our mission is 'silver rights,' or making free enterprise and capitalism work for all. Financial literacy is the tool, financial dignity is the goal and financial inclusion is the way.
Most impressive, are the results.
- Our Banking on Our Future division, focused on keeping the most at risk youth from repeating the cycles of poverty and dispair that has trapped so many in their families and communities by teaching them basic financial literacy, or what we call "the global language of money."
- Our HOPE Business In A Box/Gallup HOPE Index division, focused on inspiring a generation of young people to become future American assets of economic energy, small business and entrepreneurship.
- Our HOPE Financial Dignity Centers, where we approve clients day one, subject to the resolution of their primary denial factors, and raise credit scores on average 120 points over 18 months of active counseling. We call it our 700 Credit Scores Initiative.
- Our HOPE Coalition America division, which is the national partner with FEMA around emergency financial disaster preparedness, response and recovery, or the "economic Red Cross" for the nation. HCA responded to and served more than 200,000 survivors following Hurricane Katrina, and we are responding to Hurricane Sandy now.
- Finally, HOPE Government Relations & Public Policy, and HOPE Forums advance responsible public policy and help to shape engaged public opinion. The recent HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit featuring US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, with more than 1,500 delegates from 30 countries, covered by 50 major media outlets, is but one example of our focus here.
With 2 million clients served, 20,000 HOPE Corps volunteers, and more than $1.5 billion in private capital directed into America's low wealth and underserved communities, creating thousands of homeowners, small business owners and entrepreneurs over the past 20 years, Operation HOPE is making a difference. But we cannot achieve our mission alone. We cannot seek to advance the final work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., eradicating poverty and achieving a measure of economic justice for all, alone.
Operation HOPE operates the HOPE Financial Dignity Center Atlanta at Ebenezer Church, located on the campus of the King Center and as the anchor tenant of the Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Resource Complex. Martin Luther King, Sr, or "Daddy King" as he was called, co-pastored Ebenezer Church with his son Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the civil rights movement, and served on the board of a bank for 40-years; a little known fact. Daddy King was also focused on making free enterprise work for the poor, as his son was focused in the last years of his life on poverty eradication and economic justice.
The mission of Operation HOPE is civil rights to silver rights, or making free enterprise work for all.