The name HOPES Center is actually an acronym which stands for:
Healing, Opportunity, Peace and Justice, Ecology, and Spirituality.
The HOPES Center’s mission focuses on the causes and consequences of poverty, both locally and globally. By promoting certified fair trade products, customers are able help others around the world. Safe working conditions, a just and living wage, production done in an environmentally friendly manner and no child labor are the main principles of fair trade. “Even though we can’t see who we are dealing with, or know who were helping, just knowing that the product is certified fair trade means that someone in this world is truly being treated in a respectable manner. That is very rewarding,” commented Sister Maryann.
On the local level, the Center helps through counseling. By assisting people to get the services they need—mental health care, job placement, and even social security—they become more productive citizens, contributing positively to the community. The HOPES Center gains most of their clients through referrals from other local transitional resource centers in Racine. Places like HALO (Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization. Inc.) and Crossroads (Assisted Living Facilities) provide the referrals to allow HOPES to effectively aid local citizens who are in need.