Title_Historical Timeline


Merger: 2003

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In 2003, Friends of Families merged with the Winbourne Avenue Mission Center located in the heart of impoverished 70805 and became what is now named HOPE Ministries of Baton Rouge. The merger of both programs provided a stronger foundation from which the Friends of Families program could grow.

Katrina: 2005

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After Katrina and Rita devastated Louisiana, an influx of money flooded into Baton Rouge. HOPE was a recipient of additional United Way dollars from others states as well as a substantial donation from the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. HOPE used this funding to strengthen its programs and research successful models elsewhere.

Poverty Education: 2007 – 2009

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In 2007, HOPE added the education component to its programs and in 2009 created and implemented “poverty” education for anyone working with low-income individuals including managers and supervisors, case managers, social workers, clergy, etc. As of 2015, HOPE has trained over 1,300 people from more than 270 companies’ through-out the state.

NBRITI: 2012

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In 2012, HOPE joined Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC), ExxonMobil and 40 other industry leaders to bring the North Baton Rouge Industrial Training Initiative (NBRITI) to residents of Baton Rouge who otherwise would not have the opportunity to be trained as welders, electricians, scaffolding builders or pipe fitters. The hard skills training coupled with The Way to Work© program gave students the opportunity to not only gain skills but also know how to get, maintain and sustain employment. Our Team worked one-on-one with participants to guarantee success.

Grand Rapids: 2012

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Also, in 2012 HOPE Board and Team members traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan to visit Cascade Engineering to see their Welfare-to-Career (W2C) program in action. Seeing the success of the this program and “The SOURCE”, an employee support organization that was formed as a result of the success of the W2C program at Cascade, the HOPE team was encouraged that the current The Way to Work© program had potential to change the footprint of poverty in Baton Rouge and possibly even the state of Louisiana, just as the W2C program has for residents of Grand Rapids and the State of Michigan.

The Way to Work Louisiana Formed: 2015

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13 years of continual development and application of the successful program, HOPE Works, evolves into The Way to Work, headquartered at 4643 Winbourne Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70805.

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