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A Morning of Hope with Bill Strickland

What: Third Annual HopeWorks Breakfast When: Saturday, March 5 | 8:30 a.m. Where: Woodland Hills Event Center A Gourmet Breakfast by Sysco Memphis Musical Entertainment by Stephanie Needham, TurningPoint Making the Impossible Possible: Bill Strickland and HopeWorks “A simple life is not something you simply pursue; it is something you create, moment by moment.” – Bill Strickland Nationally recognized as a visionary leader who authentically delivers educational and cultural opportunities to at-risk students and adults, Bill Strickland is president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, a Pittsburgh-based youth development and adult training center. Through the power of his vision, the […]

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Bill Strickland Named Speaker for 2011 “Morning of Hope”

Bill Strickland, founder and CEO of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, has been selected as the keynote speaker for the 2011 Morning of Hope breakfast. The third annual fundraising breakfast will be Saturday, March 5, 2011 at the Woodland Hills Event Center, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Hailed as a visionary leader, Strickland directs the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and Bidwell Training Center on the north side of Pittsburgh tackling poverty and unemployment with a “national model for education, culture and hope.” HopeWorks’ students, volunteers and supporters will hear from a man with a powerful and successful vision for social […]

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Landing at HopeWorks a ‘Homecoming’ for Rubio

RICHARD J. ALLEY | Special to The Daily News Susan Rubio spent much of her life in private education before realizing that she belonged elsewhere – closer to the street. Having attended Harding Academy as a child and later working there as a teacher and administrator, she “wanted to give back to someone who couldn’t afford a private education.” “I’m a good teacher and I was always attracted to the ones who did the poorest and just didn’t like school, the ‘bad kids,’ “Rubio said. “So it was like a homecoming when I first started here. I felt like I […]

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Proof in Results for HopeWorks

TOM WILEMON | The Daily News HopeWorks, with a reputation for turning people’s lives around, now has the tracking data to prove it. Less than 10 percent of its graduates from January 2006 to April 2010 who had criminal backgrounds ended up back behind bars. The faith-based program teaches job skills and provides career counseling to the chronically unemployed, including people with felony records. HopeWorks recently put the names of 211 graduates into a database after looking through four years worth of documents. Of that number, 112 had prior criminal backgrounds, but only 11 committed additional crimes after graduating. Ron […]

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