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Transitioning into our new normal

The world is changing with each passing day. As we all work to adjust to our new normals, HopeWorks thanks you for your support. It’s because of you that we are able to provide hope to those who need it most or wouldn’t get a second chance otherwise.…

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What’s IELCE?

HopeWorks’ education programs extend beyond Personal and Career Development and HiSET (GED) classes. HopeWorks offers classes for ESL (English as a second language) speakers from more than 40 nations! Our Integrated English Literacy and Civic Education (IELCE) classes provide hope and opportunity – the HopeWorks way.  IELCE classes…

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What stands in the way of meaningful employment?

The three things that prohibit employment for recently released individuals (education, opportunity, experience) and how to combat it. Getting out of prison isn’t the end of an inmate’s journey – it’s the beginning. There are several obstacles to overcome before reintegration is possible and, with a criminal record,…

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Our outlook for 2020

The close of a year and the beginning of a new one is an especially beautiful time to reflect on accomplishments and growth. We’re entering a new decade, and leaving behind 10 years of work and progress. This monumental turn-of-the page feels like a critical time to look…

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What do donations do at HopeWorks?

At HopeWorks, we ensure our mission and results are clear to our community. We want you to know that every cent you give is changing lives in Memphis! To keep our communication clear and honest, we outlined exactly how your donations help your neighbors! #1 - Pre- and…

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What’s new at HopeWorks?

HopeWorks has been a nonprofit force in Memphis for nearly 35 years. A lot has changed in that time! Whether you’re new to HopeWorks, new to Memphis or have been following for a long time, you may find yourself wondering, “What is HopeWorks actually doing?!” We aim to…

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HopeWorks can help beat post-prison statistics

A Prison Policy study found that formerly incarcerated people are unemployed at a rate of 27% – that’s higher than the unemployment rate during the Great Depression, which was 25% (prisonpolicy.org). We know that seeking a job post-release isn’t easy and this statistic doesn’t sound promising, but we…

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Why should I get my GED or high school equivalency diploma?

Finishing high school can be difficult. Sometimes, traditional schooling isn’t even an option. But, your circumstances do not define your future. At HopeWorks, we believe it’s never too late to go back to school! So, why is it important to earn your HiSET? And, how do you know…

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A brief history of HopeWorks in Memphis

HopeWorks, Inc. has been providing hope and opportunity in Memphis for more than 30 years. But tenured organizations such as ours must start somewhere. Let’s dive into a brief history of HopeWorks in Memphis. In 1988, a large gap separated Memphis’ social services and government agencies. From this…

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