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March 09 2015

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairman, Thomas Hoenig, Visits the HOPE Inside at SunTrust Bank

Washington, DC – March 11, 2015 – On February 26, 2015, Thomas Hoenig, vice chair of The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) visited the HOPE Inside within the 900 17th Street, Washington, DC SunTrust Bank branch to join a Listening Session with Operation HOPE Founder and CEO John Hope Bryant, Mid-Atlantic President Ryan Mack, DC staff, HOPE clients, and partners.

After receiving a tour, patrons from various HOPE’s programs shared their personal stories of success with Hoenig. Robert Norris.of Allen-Norris Permitting Inspections relived his first HOPE business experience, stating. "When I first came to the HOPE Inside to get help with my business idea Ms. Harrison was in the ill. I told her I could come back but she insisted that I stay. After she collected herself and sat down, despite not feeling well, she worked with me for the next two hours. I knew then that I was in a special place." The Ms. Harrison he referred to was Ms. Cynthia Harrison, Small Business Program Manager for the DC HOPE Inside and a devoted HOPE employee.

Other clients and counselors were also able to share their experiences. Friendship Place, a longtime community partner of HOPE, in the DC Market, focused on helping the homeless with housing and job opportunities, brought two of their representatives and a client. They shared the benefits in partnering with HOPE to ensure success for their participants.

Testimony from one of their homeless clients resulted in a on the spot registration and an inspiring demonstration of how HOPE services can empower individuals. As he told his story, HOPE counselors began to explain the type of services they could offer him, took his information, and set up an appointment for free consultation. As the rest of the room held back tears after hearing his account the past years of his life. Before leaving he shared in a low voice, "I am so glad these types of services are available. All I need is a hand up to help me help myself to get back on my feet again. I will be coming here often."