We believe our four core values are the essence of why our program is successful in allowing families to break the cycle of homelessness. Staff seek to live them daily as they work with our families and plan with them how best to achieve their goals. They are inherent in all we do.
Pictured here is founding Board Member, Richard Nicholson at just four years old sitting beside his grandparents in 1949. Nicholson grew up in the home that would later become our first shelter, Los Robles in 1985. “More than just a house,” Richard said, “this home is still being used by our Lord Jesus.”
Founded in 1985, Door of Hope was birthed by Christian community leaders listening to the needs of people and the call of God on their lives. At the heart was a deep friendship between Steve and Iris Lazarian and John Perkins – a friendship deepened by the fact that both Steve and John had been born into poverty, John in rural Mississippi and Steve in Pasadena. Each later achieved much success but that success, and a commitment to Jesus, seemed only to deepen their heart to lift people out of poverty and injustice.
When John and his wife Vera Mae moved into a home in northwest Pasadena, a community known at the time for drugs and gang violence, the Perkins and Lazarians began “Listening Conferences” with people from the Northwest Pasadena community. One of those needs was housing for families experiencing homelessness.
While driving up Los Robles Avenue in Pasadena one day, Steve and Iris ran across an old dilapidated house for sale. They bought the home, fixed it up with help from their church community, Lake Avenue Church, and that was just the beginning.
Door of Hope expands to a second apartment site in a nearby city with the capacity to serve up to 13 women survivors of domestic violence with their children.
Lake Avenue Church invited Door of Hope to turn one of their homes into a third housing site equipped to serve five single mothers and their children.
An innovative Homelessness Prevention Program was launched, expanding capacity to serve more families offsite, rather than in its transitional housing facilities.
Door of Hope expands to its fourth shelter, dedicated to serving mothers (and their kids) who are completing their education and working toward self-sufficiency.
Door of Hope’s new Community Center was designed to better accommodate and serve our Homelessness Prevention and Alumni Clients. At the Community Center, clients can participate in life skill classes, counseling, career guidance, and support groups in a welcoming environment that feels like home. This space now serves as the Door of Hope headquarters.