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hope horizon east palo alto Impact Report 2022

I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

Psalm 9:1

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Dear Hope Horizon East Palo Alto Family,

God is always faithful and 2022 is no exception. Thank you for the part each of you has played in God’s faithfulness to us.

Together, we:

  • Put on our largest summer program bringing together over 115 elementary, middle and high school students in all areas of spiritual, academic, STEM, life skills and leadership development.

  • Hosted 15 party-in-a-box events reaching over 175 people giving an experience that opened doors between East Palo Alto and surrounding communities.

  • Increased partnerships to over 25 churches whose giving exceeded our target by 286% and who faithfully prayed, volunteered, mentored, encouraged, loved and served.

  • Increased our annual budget by 23% to serve more students.

  • Welcomed more than double the number of volunteers with over 12,000 hours of serving and loving the youth of East Palo Alto.

  • Completed our rebrand in March to better communicate our mission to equip youth to grow spiritually, gain life skills and develop as leaders so they have hope and a future.


And God is not done yet. Take a peek at the doors God is opening:

Melinda refused to read with her tutor, Esther, who gave grace, patiently suggested they do something other than read. Safe in that space, Melinda asked, “Would you like to know why I don’t want to read?” Esther nodded and turned to give her full attention. “When I read at school, in front of the other kids, they laugh and make fun of me. I hate reading.” “Would you like me to help you read?” asked Esther. This time, Melinda nodded and they began to read. Esther patiently took the time to help Melinda pronounce words, correcting gently and with love and without judgment or prejudice. And just this week, Melinda, smiling, happy, ran up to Esther. “You know what?” she beamed. “What?” responded Esther. “I love reading!”


Door opened – to hope and a future:

Two high schoolers shared with me that they aren’t interested in religion due to negative experiences. Their pain is real and has left negativity. But every week, our high school spiritual leader meets with them and talks about Jesus. More importantly, he exemplifies a Savior that is loving, accepting, patient, forgiving and merciful. A Savior that listens, welcomes their questions and opinions. A Savior that makes space and room for their doubts and anger and all their emotions. They are meeting Jesus every week through him.

Hope Horizon EPA is opening doors to hope – where each student is seen and known and told they are valuable and loved. We are opening doors to kindness, acceptance, forgiveness, safety, and the love of Jesus. And every day, students experience Jesus through our leaders, volunteers, students and entire team. Doors opened – to hope and a future.

Thank you for the role each of you has played in opening doors to hope and a future.

With gratitude,

Tiffany Hong, Executive Director


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Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 28:19

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Pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people. 

Ephesians 1:18

Congratulations to hope horizon east palo alto's 2022 scholarship recipients!

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thank you!

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.

Philippians 1:3-5

We were thrilled to reveal our new name and brand on March 1, 2022 as Hope Horizon East Palo Alto. We are excited about the clarity of vision that God is giving us as we take our organization into the next season.

An Open Door: We help students open doors to their rising futures, to the hope of Christ and to the hope of something beyond the set of circumstances they may be in right now.

Looking to the Horizon: The horizon with a sunrise is a way to speak to the hope that there is a new now always on the horizon, a new possibility ahead, a future unseen and unknown.

We look forward to the next 40 years of equipping East Palo Alto and Belle Haven youth to grow spiritually, gain life skills and develop as leaders so that they have hope and a future.

For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all people.

1 Timothy 4:10

Board of directors

Dan Bradford

Rhonda Brewster
Joey Gonzales
Isabel Jimenez
Emil Lovely
Jacqueline Ronan
Ron Sanders
Alexander Sideropoulos


Waniya Bryant
Paige Burgess
Jennifer Greely-Nicks
Tiffany Hong
Amy Joh
Josette Langevine

Natessa Martinez
Roberto Mendoza

Pedro Ortega
Kim Shimazaki
Aaron Tom
Leslie Tuakalau
Mona Tuitavake
Rosie Valencia
Jonathan Wick

program support

Abraham Barajas
Yudithzy Barron 

Cristina Beccera 

Gerardo Beccera

David Bush 

Stephanie Caudillo
Greg Corsetto
Joy Chang 

Ed King
Kimberly Lopez Hernandez
Larissa Mendoza 

Angel Patino
Rajesh Philipos
Matt Pizzimenti
Brianda Ponce 

Sofia Santiago
Evangelina Teputepu 

Ana Tuakalau
Seimisi Tuitavake 

Camila Valeros
Yoshirha Valeros
Yazmin Vega 

Jamie Wang

Hubert Wong 

Howard Wong-Toi 

Carmen Zurita Ruiz

Church partners

Abounding Grace Christian Church
Abundant Life Christian Fellowship
Bethany Lutheran Church
Central Peninsula Church
Chinese for Christ Church San Jose
Community Baptist Church
Community Church of East Palo Alto

First Chinese Baptist Church

Grace Presbyterian Church

Hana Seed Church 
Highway Community 
Home of Christ Cupertino 
Home of Christ Menlo Park 
Living Community Church 
Lord’s Grace Christian Church 
Menlo Church 
New Beginnings Community Church 
New Community Church 

Palo Alto Vineyard Church 

Peninsula Covenant Church  Spark Church

St. James AME Zion

St. Mark’s AME Zion

True North

University AME Zion

Valley Church

VIVE Church

grant and foundation awards


ways to get involved

Let is hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.

Hebrews 10:23

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