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“The only recognizable feature of hope is action”
-Grace Paley
Hope Street Margolis Family Center Response to COVID-19 Update

The COVID-19 public health crisis continues and our families are amongst those in greatest need…food insecurity, unemployment, mental health concerns, children without resources for remote learning, and tight living quarters for sheltering in place are just a few of the issues confronting our families. Our centers may be closed but Hope Street is committed to continuing to serve families, as best we can. We estimate that our current active reach is about 2,000 children and parents.

Hope Street Margolis Family Center Market

Many of our parents have lost their employment and are running out of money to feed their families. We have transformed the 3rd floor Commons room into the "Hope Street Market," thanks to the entire Youth Center staff! With everyone's hard work and dedication, our Hope Street team has distributed nearly 18,000 diapers, 50+ cases of baby formula, 444 boxes of baby wipes, 250 gallons of milk, 48 food vouchers, and countless packages of detergent, hand soap, activity kits, books, and hygiene kits to over 280 families. Approximately 25 orders are fulfilled a day by our Hope Street staff— an amazing accomplishment and a true testament to the impact of collaboration.

Thank you to our generous supporters who have donated products and funds to stock our market.

If you’d like to help Hope Street provide food to families, click HERE.

Youth Center staff member, Marilyn Ginez, delivering Cuties donated by Sun Pacific. Mothers with food bags donated by Councilmember José Huizar.

Hope Street Director, Vickie Kropenske and CHMC President, Alina Moran, greeted families.
Moms Helping Moms

A group of former Hope Street mothers have banded together to form “Madres al Servicio de la Comunidad (Mothers in Service to the Community), which organizes bi-monthly food distribution events at CHMC's Venice Hope park, across the street from Hope Street Margolis Family Center. The mothers distributed over 150 food bags to Hope Street families and community members in April.


A Day in the Life of a Hope Street Staff Member and a Mother’s Message of Thanks as told by Hope Street Youth Center staff member, Yajaira Molina

We delivered milk and food to the Cuevas family today. Mom Liliana told us that she had woken up at 4:00 a.m. yesterday to get in line at a place where she was told they were going to give away food. She waited in line for three hours and was given only five cans of food and a bag of lentil beans. This was not enough food for her family and she didn’t know what to do. When we delivered the food, mom said she could not have imagined that her family would receive such a blessing. She sent us these photos with the message “May God bless you and all of the staff at Hope Street."

Hope Street Margolis Family Center to Open New Early Care and Education Center—The Nest

We’re excited to announce that construction of Hope Street’s fourth early care and education center, The Nest, has begun. The center, which is expected to open in October, will provide full-day, year-round center-based early care and education services for 32 low-income infants and toddlers (0-3 years of age) including children with special needs. The Nest will be located in South Los Angeles, one of Los Angeles County’s highest need areas for early education services.

Perkins + Will, an international architecture and design firm based in Los Angeles, created the design for the new facility on a pro bono basis and will support renovation efforts.

Click HERE to see renderings of The Nest.

This project was made possible by generous funds provided by the Herman Miller Cares Foundation, at the behest of Hope Street Advisory Board member, Ramona Quinn.

Ramona Quinn (2nd from right) presents a $40,000 check from the Herman Miller Cares Foundation to
Hope Street Advisory Board members.

The Bendheim family; Alexandra, Cathi and John Bendheim

The Leon Lowenstein Foundation’s grant of $25,000, made possible by John Bendheim and his family, also helped make this dream a reality.

Special thanks go out to the John and Katherine Gurash Foundation, Bank of America, Aetna, and Sandy Sarnoff for their generous contributions. Jonathan Club members volunteered their time to help prepare the space for renovation by removing flooring and fencing and clearing the playground area. Core funding for the renovation of The Nest was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

We are grateful to everyone who voted for Hope Street during Aetna’s Voices of Health competition. Our $20,000 prize will be directed towards The Nest project.


Pictured left to right: Linda Ellman, Event Co-Chair, Genesis Marquez and Hal Lampert, Honoree Pictured left to Right: Genesis Marquez, Richard Oxford, Honoree and Sid Oxford Cynthia Chicas, Keynote Speaker


Hope Street Advisory Board members, front row: Nancy Crawford, Eloise Appel, Richard Oxford, Linda Ellman, Sheila Phillips
Back row: Don Wyse, Sharon Shelton, Eileen Cohen, Hannah Kirschner, Jeanne Raya, Susan Berk, Penny Orloff, Lilith Borko, Bart Tucker, Ramona Quinn and Patricia Carranza

Not pictured: Ana Del Cid, Shianne Hollander, Kelly Jones, MD,  Michelle Lainez, David Marquez, Suzan Vida Konell, Sandra Warde White

2020 Champions for Children Luncheon A Success!

Hope Street Margolis Family Center honored longtime supporters Sharon and Hal Lampert and Richard Oxford as its 2020 Champions for Children at Jonathan Club on February 21st. The luncheon raised over $375,000 to support Hope Street’s youth programs and health and wellness services. On behalf of the children and families of Hope Street, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to Jonathan Club, and our many sponsors, donors, and guests for their most generous support.

Nine-year-old Genesis Marquez returned as the luncheon’s official greeter and once again stole the show as Co-Master of Ceremonies with event Co-Chair, Eloise Appel. Genesis shared the wonderful experiences she and her friends had during Hope Street’s Summer of Science and introduced a video of Governor Gavin Newsom visiting Hope Street in August 2019.

Click HERE to watch the video.

The theme of this year’s event was “Growing Up Hope Street” and featured current and past students whose lives have been positively impacted by their involvement with Hope Street. Former Hope Street student and the event’s keynote speaker, Cynthia Chicas, stated “Growing up, Hope Street changed the course of my life. It shaped my world, my career, and my perspective.” Cynthia recently earned her master’s degree in Public Administration and works at the City of Los Angeles Department of Housing and Community Investment.

A special thank you to our Honorary Committee chaired by Stephen Peck, President and CEO, U.S. Vets and Dana Roberts, CEO, CW Driver.
We congratulate the Hope Street Advisory Board, led by Richard Oxford and luncheon Co-Chairs Eloise Appel and Linda Ellman, and thank them all for contributing their time and talents to make the luncheon a success.

More photos of the luncheon can be found HERE.

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For those who wish to donate by check, please indicate Hope Street Margolis Family Center in the memo line and mail to:

California Hospital Medical Center Foundation
Leavey Hall
1401 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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