Stories You’ll Love

Hope the Mission has been a bridge to a better life for many people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. In the following stories you’ll be able to hear first-hand how Hope the Mission’s services have transformed lives!


Alondra was a participant at our family shelter, Casa De Vida. Before coming to Hope the Mission (formerly Hope of the Valley), Alondra along with her daughter Eliana were homeless… living in motels to avoid living on the streets.

In efforts to raise awareness around the struggle many families in Los Angeles face, Hope the Missions Founder and CEO – Ken Craft and President – Rowan Vansleve spent the night at a typical motel families resort to.

Alondra and her daughter Eliana are now in permanent housing and on their way to building a better life.


Joe came to Hope the Mission’s John E. White House of Hope homeless and addicted, in need of a second chance. After just a few weeks of being at the House of Hope, Joe found out he had a heart defect. He worried that he’d be left destitute after his open heart surgery but our Founder/CEO Ken Craft reassured him that he would have a bed waiting for him to heal.

Joe recovered, graduated from the program and now is Hope the Missions Maintenance Supervisor! He’s happily housed, married and thriving.

Chantel, Brenda and the Lopez Family

Chantel, Brenda and the Lopez Family hold a special place in our hearts.. After months of struggling and living in motel rooms, they were able to connect with Hope the Mission. At one of our previous family shelter


Miguel is, “living the dream”! At the John E. White House of Hope, Miguel was able to receive support in his addiction recovery. During his time at House of Hope he made amends with family, built new friendships and regained stability.

After recovery Miguel became an onsite monitor at the House of Hope, helping others recover from their addiction and stay on track to finish their recovery journey. After his many hours of volunteering for Hope the Mission he applied and got the job as a Thrift Truck Driver! He has since worked hard and gained new skills which led him to his current position as Warehouse Fleet Manager. We are proud to have been a stepping stone in Miguel’s life.