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August 26 2015

10 Years After Hurricane Katrina Operation HOPE Continues its Mission to Empower Residents

More than 250,000 survivors of Katrina served; Call center and community outreach essential to recovery and ongoing efforts

LOS ANGELES, CA--- August 27, 2015 --- Leading financial empowerment nonprofit, Operation HOPE (HOPE) reported today that it has assisted more than 250,000 individuals in the New Orleans and surrounding areas on its ongoing efforts and post recovery of Hurricane Katrina. The results are detailed by the organization’s financial recovery and disaster preparedness division, HOPE Coalition America, ten years in the aftermath of the Gulf’s devastating storm. 
After converting the temporary Operation HOPE Disaster Recovery Office into a permanent regional office, the location now, delivers all HOPE financial empowerment programs.  Through relationships created in 2005 and maintained to support the ongoing need for recovery, HCA’s work through its offices, partner organizations and volunteers has resulted in the following:

  • Identified and recruited HOPE Core Volunteers - 2, 550
  • Assisted clients for the Program through Community Outreach - 72,215
  • Scheduled Recovery and Preparedness Seminars - 1,843
  • Banking On Our Future (BOOF) - Youth Empowerment - 2, 679
  • Client Management (Financial Counseling) - 19,740
  • Provided Small Business Assistance - 13,964
  • EITC Competency/Preparation - 2,890
  • Incoming Calls to the National Call Center - 75,635
  • EFFAK (Emergency Financial First Aid Kit) distribution  --  58,484
  • Total Lives Touched – 250,000

"Overall post-disaster goals show that Gulf Coast's residents are eager to overcome all obstacles and take control of their own lives. HOPE Coalition America is here to help residents go beyond where they were in the storms struck, but to take control of their financial futures, said Director of HOPE Coalition America, Oliver Bell. “Our services are designed to protect your lifestyle as well as, generate continuing economic viability."

HCA is a collaboration of senior executives and professionals from the banking and financial services, insurance, and other industries. Additional participants include social service, and community services agencies, which provide financial and economic recovery information and guidance to individuals and small businesses affected by disasters.

Through memorandums of understanding with the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, the American Red Cross, and as a member of National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, employees and volunteers of HOPE's disaster recovery services were requested as some of the first responders on-the-ground to assist individuals, families and small business owners impacted by Katrina. 

Since its creation in 2001, HCA has assisted more than 800,000 individuals and families recover from natural disasters and national emergencies.  Formed in response to the terrorists attack on the World Trade Center, HCA is a result of a national partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, focusing on pre and post disaster strategies for America’s economic stability.

Individuals needing assistance should call 888-388-HOPE (4673) or visit for more information.