Work For Hope
Work for Hope (WFH) began in 2018 as a partnership between the City of Chula Vista and McAlister Institute. CHULA VISTA’S CAN BE REPLICATED IN EVERY CORNER OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY.
How the Program Works
McAlister staff travel into the community to identify, engage, and case manage homeless individuals leading up to and throughout their participation in WFH. Program participants receive on-the-job training and are paid a stipend for completing community beautification projects that are beyond the capacity of the city’s resources.
Sadly, last year, the demand for the program exceeded our funding. However, we were still able to direct 213 individuals off the streets of Chula Vista and into needed services, including substance use treatment and housing.
Remarkable stories continue to emerge about people who were homeless, battling addiction, and feeling utterly hopeless who are now finding purpose and stability through Work for Hope.
OVER 10,800 WORK HOURS
On-the-job training and work completed by WFH benefitted the participants and the city of Chula Vista.
NEARLY 95% HOUSED
WFH graduates were housed at the time of program completion, ranging from sober living facilities to independently rented units.
74% SECURED EMPLOYMENT
Through supportive case management and specialized skill training, participants secured permanent employment.
100% OF CITY PARKS BEAUTIFIED
McAlister’s WFH crews have completed projects from restroom repainting, signage upgrades, gazebo restoration, picnic area revivals, and landscaping at all of Chula Vista’s public parks.