WeHOPE was founded by Pastor Paul and Cheryl Bains in response to the need in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to provide families with hope and positive solutions to homelessness, drugs, violence, illiteracy and other elements that hinder the positive development of young lives.
Lord’s Gym Community Center opens in East Palo Alto. The Lord’s Gym programs were designed to achieve positive outcomes for young people ages 13-25.
WeHOPE Chaplaincy program is established to support victims of crime within the East Palo Alto community, law enforcement and their families. Each time there is a homicide or a shooting in East Palo Alto, one of 15 trained chaplains are called to the scene to offer spiritual, emotional, and physical aid.
WeHOPE Warming Shelter opens (in the Lord’s Gym) to meet the needs of our homeless brothers and sisters. With the support of community partners and the faith-based community, WeHOPE provided overnight shelter, food, dental care, health services and transportation to those in need. WeHOPE receives its first San Mateo County Grant in support of WeHOPE Shelter.
First EPA Homeless Connect event takes place connecting clients with service providers within San Mateo County.
WeHOPE Shelter undergoes renovations to meet the demand for shelter programs and services.
WeHOPE opens as a year-round emergency homeless shelter for adults.
WeHOPE formally launches the Transitional/Supportive Housing Program. Congresswoman Jackie Spier attends annual Homeless Connect and presents WeHOPE with a special recognition award.
WeHOPE Launches HOPE Jobs. Initial program funding provided by the San Francisco Community Foundation.
Dignity on Wheels’ (DoW) first mobile hygiene unit is launched, serving at the Fair Oaks Community Center in Redwood City. Major funding for the first hygiene unit was provided by Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, San Mateo County and Santa Clara County.
WeHOPE’s second DoW vehicle hits the road to primarily serve the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County. Major funding was provided by the Sobrato Family Foundation, Santa Clara County, the City of San Jose, and multiple private donors.
WeHOPE is recognized by CA State Senator Jerry Hill as the Nonprofit of the Year, serving District 13.
WeHOPE services are provided in both San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.
WeHOPE provides DoW service support to first responders addressing the San Jose floods.
WeHOPE expands its services to 3 counties.
DoW provides its 10,000th shower and 3,500th load of laundry.
WeHOPE purchases its building headquarters at 1854 Bay Rd for its permanent home. Leadership gifts included contributions from the Pau Family, Sobrato Family, and San Mateo County.
WeHOPE launches its Family Harvest food program in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank to meet the needs of community members facing food insecurity.
Two additional DoW vehicles hit the road with the generous support of Micron Technology and an anonymous donor.
WeHOPE provides DoW service support to first responders fighting the Oakland and Santa Rosa Fires.
WeHOPE expands its services to 4 counties.
WeHOPE’s organizational budget surpasses $3 million.
WeHOPE’s administrative offices undergo renovations to expand its staff capacity and add an additional conference room.
WeHOPE Shelter operating hours expand to 24 hours.
DoW’s fifth vehicle hits the road with the generous support of Whole Foods.
WeHOPE’s RV Safe Parking program launches in partnership with the City of East Palo Alto. CZI provides lead gift in support of program.
WeHOPE provides DoW service support to first responders fighting the Paradise Fires.
WeHOPE celebrates its 20th anniversary and celebrates with a refreshed logo.
DoW provides it 25,000th shower and its 9,500th load of laundry.
DoW’s sixth mobile hygiene unit hits the road with the generous support of the City of San Jose.
WeHOPE launches Hope Health Mobile with the generous support of the City of San Jose.
In response to COVID-19, WeHOPE increases the total number of individuals it serves by more than 40%.
WeHOPE adds an additional four units to its Mobile Homeless Services fleet to address the need brought on by COVID-19.
WeHOPE provides DoW service support to first responders fighting the Boulder Creek Fires.
DoW provides its 50,000th shower and its 22,000th load of laundry.
WeHOPE’s organizational budget surpasses $5 million.