We believe our winning strategy to change the lives of gang members, the homeless and ex-offenders can work in any environment, any city. To date, we have (7) locations open with plans to open (2) more.
In 2011, our first class consisted of five homeless men. In 2013, we rapidly outgrew the available space and moved to a more spacious facility on Skid Row. Due to to the ever-growing size of our classes, we moved in 2016 to our current facility in Gardena where we now serve a much larger student population.
In 2015, ReIGNITE Philly opened its doors in the slums of Philadelphia. Dan and Denise Anderson, Missionaries out of Servant Partners, run the program. Dan is a graduate of ReIGNITE Hope and also an AWS certified welding instructor and inspector.
In 2018, ReIGNITE Hope Philippines opened on the island of CEBU. The photo shows their very first graduating class. Each student secured gainful employment and all placed their faith in Jesus Christ.
In 2020, ReIGNITE Hope Brazil opened in Campinas, Brazil. ReIGNITE Hope Brazil is operated by Hope Unlimited, a non-profit that provides residential care and vocational training for homeless children on Brazil's city streets.
In 2021, Classes started in Orange County in our Mobile Training Center. We've partnered with Grace Community Services (GCS), a faith-based non-profit with a mission to show the love of Jesus Christ to the least, the last, and the lost. GCS exists to serve the needs of Korean-Americans and disadvantaged neighbors throughout Fullerton and Orange County.
In 2023, Classes started in Dallas, Texas. Grace Bridge, a faith-based non-profit with a mission to provide "hope to those in need", provide the classroom and welding lab. Former RHCC Elder Phil Hocking and retired welder Dar Healy provide the spiritual and welding instruction.
In 2023, Classes started in Sacramento, CA. Customizing and outfitting our second Mobile Training Center provided a facility to train those on margins of society in cities in and around the city of Sacramento.