Charity Hope is an experienced project director and has worked in nonprofit service for over 18 years. Charity has worked on a variety of social justice issues, including housing and homelessness, violence against women, and in her current position, on various aspects related to services for victims and survivors of crime. Currently, she is a project director for the Center on Victimization and Safety at the Vera Institute of Justice, which works across the nation to ensure victim services reach, and benefit, all victims of crime, particularly those who have not traditionally received services. On any given day, you can find Charity working on a variety of national training and technical assistance projects designed to ensure that those victims who have not traditionally been able to access victim services are able to do so.
Some of the accomplishments she is most proud of are helping to make three national conferences on addressing violence against people with disabilities and Deaf individuals a reality, providing logistical and administrative oversight for more than 35 in-person trainings for Department of Justice-funded grantees, and contributing to numerous reports and blog posts on reaching underserved victims. Most recently, Charity contributed to Cultivating Evaluation Capacity: A Guide for Programs Addressing Sexual and Domestic Violence and Culture, Language, and Access: Key Considerations for Serving Deaf Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Charity’s current projects include overseeing the creation of a new website on ending abuse of people with disabilities, working on an initiative to increase the accessibility of Office on Violence Against Women-funded training and technical assistance, leading a project to lay the groundwork to address violence against men with disabilities, as well as providing logistical and administrative oversight for the Center on Victimization and Safety.
Prior to Vera, Charity worked as the Director of Operations for the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA), a rape crisis center, and as a Program Manager at SAVE Inc., an HIV/AIDS housing provider in Kansas City, Missouri. Charity has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in organizational behavior from the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
In all of the work she does, Charity brings with her a passion for thorough planning, exceptional design, and effective services, along with a fervent belief in social justice. It is her hope that the work she does in her lifetime leads to some change, no matter how small, to make the world a better place, particularly for those impacted by crime and the justice system.