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March 28th, 2014

H.O.P.E. Inc. Joins Peachtree Corners Festival 5K Run on June 8, 2013


By Lisa McGloiry
H.O.P.E. Inc.

H.O.P.E. Inc. is excited to join the Peachtree Corners Festival 5K Run on June 8, 2013 as one of their charity partners!  The event starts promptly at 7:30 a.m. at the Peachtree Elementary School, 5995 Crooked Creek Rd NW, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092.

In an effort to give back to the community, the Peachtree Corners Festival added a special Charity Challenge, giving its community of volunteers, sponsors and participants the opportunity to make donations for the charity of their choice.  Through this effort, the Festival hopes to raise over $25,000 for their charity partners, which includes H.O.P.E. Inc.!

H.O.P.E. Inc. is taking on the challenge by participating in the run this year and we’re asking for more sponsors!  Our goal is to raise $2,500 through this effort! We currently have 13 sponsors and we need more. With less than four weeks until the run, we’re asking for your immediate help. As our organization continues to grow, we are always looking for new events and fun ways to continue our mission: to help serve low-income single parents obtain a college degree.  By helping to provide these individuals with assistance in subsidized housing, child care, social services, and life skills, H.O.P.E. Inc.’s services will help them to finish their education, earn the skills to become employable, join the workforce and become more productive members of our society.

You can be confident that 100% of any donations made to H.O.P.E. Inc., whether small or large, will go directly to help single parents in need. Your donation is going to a great cause and will go a long way in helping us to reach our $2,500 goal! Won’t you consider making a donation today, or sign up to register for the Peachtree Corners Festival 5K Walk on June 8, 2013 right here on our website!

So please take the time to sign up here on our website and help us reach our goal of $2,500!   Let’s run for the single parents in need of childcare and rent assistance so they can stay in school and create a better life for their families! Please spread the word! Please sign up or donate today! H.O.P.E. Inc. hopes to see you at the Festival on June 8th!

Remember that by supporting H.O.P.E. Inc. you are providing hope and help to single parents earn a college degree!  Please come out and support us!  We’ll have a booth at the Festival and a special “Meet and Greet” session where you have the opportunity to meet with board members, our supporters, sponsors, friends and me. It’s going to be a fun and exciting day as we run for a good cause and help build up our community!

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Hello world!

March 26th, 2014

H.O.P.E, Inc. (Helping Other People be Empowered) began in November 2009 as a passion and focus of the CEO, & founder, Kenita Pierce-Lewis. As a former single parent she struggled to complete her B.B.A & M.B.A. She noticed that there was not much support for single parents trying to finish their college education, and she wanted to create an organization that would allow her to give HOPE to others that are in the same situation she was in at a season in her life. Statistics show that the number one reason students do not finish their college education is due to financial stress. The government supports single parents with rent financially (up to $250) if they are not employed, and only assist with childcare if the parent is enrolled in junior college and has an income under the poverty level for their household. Read more »

About Us

March 26th, 2014

Mission Statement

Empower, encourage, and equip low-income single parents to obtain a college degree, develop essential life skills, and ultimately become self-sufficient. We do this by providing our single parent students with: 1. Financial assistance for housing and childcare 2. A facilitator to connect our students to community resources 3. Financial literacy and a game plan for financial independence 4. Counseling resources and success coaching

Vision Statement

Our single parents and their families break the cycle of poverty and become hopeful, self-sufficient, and increase their contribution to society.


We believe in education. We believe in family. We believe in giving to those in need. We believe in overcoming obstacles & Statistics.


Is to have a positive impact on the single parent college dropout statistic rates, an increase in educational opportunity and academic success for parents involved in our program, economic sufficiency for our participants and satisfaction of daily needs.

Impact in the Community

We believe that our program will impact the community by providing educational and financial opportunity for low-income families, which affects poverty levels in our community and increases the quality of life for low income families and children in the community affected. 


March 26th, 2014

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Duluth Resident Founds New Nonprofit

March 25th, 2014

kenita-link4DULUTH — Melodie Nelson needed help. As a single mother of two young girls with the desire to attend college, she searched high and low for affordable childcare while she took classes.

“I looked all over the Internet — all of the places were dead ends,” the Lawrenceville resident said. “But then I found (H.O.P.E.) online while looking and I’ve been a part of their program since the fall of 2011.”

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Contact Us

March 25th, 2014

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  • Kenita Smith, President/CEO & Founder (
  • Lisa Ogwu Program Director & Executive Assistant (
  • For General Inquiries on how to apply, please review our FAQ. If you still have more questions you may call (678) 695-6688 between the hours of 10:00am-5: 00pm M-F. 

The Best Donor Thank You Note I Have Ever Received

March 25th, 2014

Best-Donor-Thank-You-Note-websiteThis is the best thank you note I’ve ever gotten. I’m a monthly donor for HOPE Inc, (Helping Other People be Empowered), and it is written by a participant. It made me stay a donor to them.

What makes it special? First of all, read it. It says,

“I pray this note finds you in your heart. I would like to thank you for all that you have done for me. Your giving and support has helped keep a roof over our heads. We faced eviction at least five times. I was a single father of two, working full time and going to school. I didn’t give up and it was because of beautiful souls like yourself who bless people. You blessed my family beyond measures.

Happy Holidays


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How to triple your nonprofits revenue every year

March 25th, 2014

kenita-link2What is the secret to tripling your revenue for your nonprofit?

I am interviewing Kenita Pierce-Lewis, the President and founder of H.O.P.E. Inc, Helping Other People Be Empowered.

Why did you start your nonprofit?

The mission of HOPE Inc is close to my heart because it’s my own personal story. I started out as a single parent in college with two young boys, and there wasn’t a lot of support for me, so as I completed my degree, which took me ten years. And still after ten years there was not a lot of support for single parents. I ended up touching a lot of people and we ended up being able to help a lot of single parents achieve their academic goals.

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Local woman founds charity to help single parents graduate university

March 25th, 2014

Professional Picture for website-2More than 30 single parents have graduated from the program

Carson writes, Smith knew there were countless single parents like her who wanted to graduate college and have a fulfilling career, but were struggling with housing, childcare, and other financial borders. In 2009, she founded HOPE Inc, or Helping Other People be Empowered. The nonprofit helps single parents working toward an associates or bachelor’s degree by providing monetary assistance for housing and childcare, social services, counseling, and financial planning.

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